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Sergei A. Belov

Enshrined 1992
Nashekovo, Russia
January 23, 1944 - October 3, 2013

Biography

As a four-time Olympian and member of numerous European Championship teams, Sergei Belov is widely considered the greatest international player of all time. Regarded as a magician with the basketball, Belov's playing skills were advanced for the international game. The "Jerry West of Russia" used his significant court presence to make the Soviet National team a force in Olympic competition, winning four bronze medals and the historic Olympic Gold Medal in 1972. Belov, who also led the Russian National team to four European and two World Championships, was the first international player to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Career Highlights

Led Soviet National team to World Championships, 1967, 1974
Led Soviet National team to European Championship, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1979
Olympic Gold Medal, 1972
Led Central Sports Club to eleven Russian League championships