Sabahudin Bilalović

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Sabahudin Bilalović
Personal information
Born (1960-05-07)7 May 1960
Trebinje, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Died 29 July 2003(2003-07-29) (aged 43)
Makarska, Croatia
Nationality Bosnian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Career information
NBA draft 1982 / Undrafted
Playing career 1977–1999
Position Center
Career history
1977–1989 Bosna Sarajevo
1989–1990 KK Vojvodina
1990–1992 Bosna Sarajevo
1992–1993 Hapoel Nahariya
1993–1994 CB Breogán
1994–1995 KK Zagreb
1995 Lugano Tigers
1995–1996 Speyer
1997–1999 Česko 93 Sarajevo
Career highlights and awards

Sabahudin "Dino" Bilalović (7 May 1960 – 29 July 2003) was a Bosnian professional basketball player. He was born in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Playing career[edit]

In 1979, as a player of KK Bosna Sarajevo, in his early career years, he won the Euroleague at the time European Champions Cup.

National team[edit]

He made the national team of Yugoslavia in the early nineties for the 1990 Goodwill Games, the second games which took place in Seattle, United States, along with Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Žarko Paspalj, Dino Rađa other great stars of Yugoslavian basketball.[1]

Later, in the first appearance of Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team, in EuroBasket 1993, he was the Top Scorer of the tournament averaging 25 (24.6) points per game:

  • vs. Latvia he scored 36 points,
  • vs. Estonia he scored 29 points,
  • vs. Croatia he scored 28 points,
  • vs. Sweden he scored 26 points.


Bilalović's mother Ševka Bajraktarević (1934 – 30 September 2013) was the older sister of Silvana Armenulić, famous folk singer in Yugoslavia. Her other sisters Mirjana Bajraktarević and Dina Bajraktarević also maintained folk singing careers of their own.

Bilalović died July 2003 during his vacation to the Croatian coastal town of Makarska from previously diagnosed heart condition.[2] He died of a heart attack on the beach while swimming with his son.[3]


  2. ^ "Sabahudin Bilalovic: The Bosnian who left in 2003" ACB. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT – 4/9/2009 KK BOSNA marks 30th Anniversary of winning European Champion title – (...) Mirza Delibasic Kindje and Sabahudin Dino Bilalovic have [passed] away, but they will be remembered by all KK Bosna fans forever. (...)