Markota with Iurbentia Bilbao in 2009
|No. 85 - Mornar|
|League||ABA League |
|Born||December 26, 1985|
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Croatian / Swedish|
|Listed height||2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)|
|Listed weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|2002-2003||-> ?anac Karlovac|
|2007-2008||Spartak St. Petersburg|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Damir Markota (born December 26, 1985 as Damir Omerhod?i?) is a Croatian professional basketball player for Mornar of the ABA League and the Montenegrin League. Standing at 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in), he plays at the power forward position.
Markota, born in Sarajevo (then SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia), fled Bosnia during the war and settled in Sweden, where he began to practice basketball. He played together with Maciej Lampe in Stockholm, until moving to Croatia when he was fourteen, after being invited to play in the Croatian league. Markota signed with KK Cibona, but was loaned to Zabok and Karlovac ?anac until the end of 2002-03. Subsequently, he received Croatian citizenship (holding Swedish as well), declining an offer to play for the Swedish national basketball team.
Markota was an early candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft, but soon withdrew his name from consideration. He was later invited to the Croatian national team, and in 2005 he changed his last name from "Omerhod?i?" to "Markota" (his mother's maiden name).
He was eventually chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 59th overall, then immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the summer of 2006, the Bucks signed Markota to a multi-year contract after the Spurs traded his draft rights for the higher of the Bucks' two 2007 NBA draft second-round picks.
On September 7, Markota was waived by the Bucks, and signed with Russian team Spartak St. Petersburg on a two-year contract two days later. However, in early 2008, he switched to Lithuanian club ?algiris Kaunas.
On August 14, 2008, Markota was signed by Cibona, returning to the team he represented as a youngster but, after a series of unsatisfying performances upon recovering form knee injury, he was suspended for clashing with the coach.
He signed a contract with Be?ikta? in August 2012. On September 27, 2013, he signed a three-month contract with Brose Baskets. On November 25, 2013, he signed with his former club Bilbao Basket until the end of the season.
In October 2014 Markota returns to Cibona for the third time signing a contact to last until the end of the season. On January 2, 2015 he parted ways with Cibona. The same day he signed with Turkish team ?stanbul BB.
Markota has also been a member of the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia's senior national team, he played at the EuroBasket 2007, EuroBasket 2011, EuroBasket 2013 and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.