#52 Damir Markota
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  • Signed in Adriatic League
  • Signed with Cedevita Zagreb
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  • 6'10" / 225lbs
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  • 12/26/1985
  • Bosnia/Croatia/Sweden
  • 59th pick, 2006
  • Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
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DateLeagueTransaction
2nd December, 2017CroatiaSigned for the remainder of the season with Cedevita Zagreb.
October 2002CroatiaLoaned by Cibona Zagreb to Sanac Karlovac for one season.
2006 NBA DraftNBADrafted 59th overall by San Antonio.
2006 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by San Antonio to Milwaukee in exchange for a 2007 second round pick (#33, Marcus E. Williams).
25th July, 2006NBASigned a guaranteed three year minimum salary contract with Milwaukee. Included team option for 2008/09.
1st February, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Milwaukee to Tulsa 66ers of the D-League.
5th February, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Milwaukee from Tulsa 66ers of the D-League.
8th February, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Milwaukee to Tulsa 66ers of the D-League.
22nd March, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Milwaukee from Tulsa 66ers of the D-League.
7th September, 2007NBAWaived by Milwaukee.
November 2001CroatiaLoaned by Cibona Zagreb to Zabok for the remainder of the season.
9th September, 2007RussiaSigned a two year contract with Spartak St Petersburg.
29th January, 2008RussiaLeft Spartak St Petersburg.
30th January, 2008LithuaniaSigned for the remainder of the season with Zalgiris Kaunas.
13th August, 2008CroatiaSigned a one year contract with Cibona Zagreb.
27th October, 2008CroatiaLeft Cibona Zagreb.
27th October, 2008SpainSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2010 with Menroca.
15th January, 2009SpainLeft Menorca.
15th January, 2009SpainSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2010 with Bilbao. Included team option for 2009/10.
20th July, 2009SpainBilbao exercised 2009/10 team option.
1st September, 2010SloveniaSigned a one year contract with Union Olimpia Ljubljana.
6th August, 2011SloveniaSigned another one year contract with Union Olimpia Ljubljana.
5th December, 2011SloveniaLeft Union Olimpia Ljubljana.
2nd January, 2012CroatiaSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2013 with KK Zagreb. Included team option for 2012/13.
8th August, 2012CroatiaKK Zagreb declined 012/13 team option.
22nd August, 2012TurkeySigned a one year contract with Besiktas.
27th September, 2013GermanySigned a three month contract with Brose Baskets Bamberg.
23rd November, 2013GermanyLeft Brose Baskets Bamberg.
25th November, 2013SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Bilbao.
17th October, 2014CroatiaSigned a three month contract with Cibona Zagreb.
2nd January, 2015CroatiaLeft Cibona Zagreb.
2nd January, 2015TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season and through 2016 with Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor.
26th June, 2016TurkeySigned a two year extension with Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor.
15th June, 2017TurkeyLeft Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor.
17th June, 2017TurkeySigned a one year contract with Usak Sportif.
2nd December, 2017TurkeyLeft Usak Sportif.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2001 - November 2001Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
November 2001 - June 2002Zabok (Croatia, A2)
July 2002 - October 2002Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
October 2002 - June 2003Sanac Karlovac (Croatia)
July 2003 - June 2006Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
July 2006 - September 2007Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
September 2007 - January 2008Spartak St Petersburg (Russia)
January 2008 - June 2008Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
August 2008 - October 2008Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
October 2008 - January 2009Menorca (Spain)
January 2009 - June 2010Bilbao (Spain)
September 2010 - December 2011Union Olimpia Ljubljana (Slovenia)
January 2012 - August 2012KK Zagreb (Croatia)
August 2012 - June 2013Besiktas (Turkey)
September 2013 - November 2013Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany)
November 2013 - June 2014Bilbao (Spain)
October 2014 - January 2015Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
January 2015 - June 2017Istanbul BSB (Turkey)
June 2017 - December 2017Usak Sportif (Turkey)
December 2017 - presentCedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
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April 7, 2010

- Damir Markota

Former Bucks forward Damir Markota is with Bizkaia Bilbao in Spain. Like Serhiy Lishchuk in the previous entry, it is instantly clear both why Markota went to the NBA, and why he left it. On some days, Markota is everywhere; driving the ball, fighting on the glass, passing well and spotting up for jumpshots, even occasionally capable of playing frustration defense on the perimeter and interior with his combination of size and speed. And on others, he just can't be bothered with any of that, save for the jumpshots bit. He's good enough to be desirable, but not good enough to coast.

Markota's minutes are tailored accordingly. Bilbao are a deep team who have underperformed domestically, and inconsistent minutes affect many players on the team, but it's particularly true of Markota. In his 16 Eurocup games this year, Markota's minutes per game have read 21, 19, 24, 26, 5, 32, 20, 41, 1, 4, 23, 25, 5, 14, 19 and 7. He has only one double figure output in that time, a 27 point 7 rebound outburst against Mallet's Turk Telekom. Overall, Markota is averaging 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the Eurocup, alongside 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the ACB. The numbers belie his talent.

Also on that Bilbao team is former UCLA and Celtics big man, Jerome Moiso, whose whole career has been plagued by the same problems with consistency and apathy. You can see what Bilbao did there; by acquiring both, they've hedged their bets. If only one of the two brings it on any night, they can just play that guy next to Marko Banic and have a strong front court. I'm pretty sure that this strategy of signing multiple apathetic talents is riddled with the stench of genius. It's killing one stone with two birds.

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