Assistant Coach

Oklahoma City Thunder
(2014 - Present)

2014-2015
NBA Summer League Head Coach, Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-2014
Head Coach, Tulsa 66ers (NBA D-League) 
2009-2012
Head Coach, Espacio Torrelodones (Spanish EBA) 
2004-2011
Scouting Consultant and NBA Summer League Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs
1999-2007
Head Coach, Red Star Belgrade U-20/U-18 (Serbia)
1996-1999
Head Coach, Borac Cacak Youth Teams (Serbia) 


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Helped lead the Thunder to the playoffs three consecutive seasons (2016, 2017, and 2018), making it to the NBA Western Conference Finals in 2016

  • Was on the Western Conference All-Star Team coaching staff in 2014

  • Helped develop multiple players on the Thunder, including Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Terrance Ferguson, Victor Oladipo, Dennis Schroeder, and Alex Abrines

  • First-ever coach outside of North America to be hired as a head coach for an NBA Development League Team (Tulsa 66ers)

  • Fastest head coach to collect 25 wins in Tulsa 66ers history

  • Five of his 66ers players received call-ups to the NBA, including four to the Thunder (Grant Jerrett, Daniel Orton, Mustafa Shakur and Reggie Williams)

  • Led Tulsa 66ers to a combined 51-49 record over his two seasons, including a 27-23 record and NBA D-League Semifinals appearance in 2013

  • In his first season (2009) as head coach of the Espacio Torrelodones, led the team to the Primera Division de Baloncesto title, promoting the team to the Liga EBA

  • Spent time with Lute Olson at the University of Arizona (2003) and Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University (2007) and attended team practices and meetings to learn how elite college basketball programs function

  • Began coaching career at the age of 16 in Serbia. During his eight years in Belgrade, Rajakovic led Red Star to two Serbian championships

  • Received a basketball coaching degree from the Belgrade Basketball Academy in 2004 and a degree in sports management from BK University in Belgrade in 2006

  • Fluent in six languages: English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Spanish, and Greek


Testimonials

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Recent coaching call-up Darko Rajakovic talks about the relationship between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Tulsa 66ers and his experiences with both teams.