Margo Dydek

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Margo Dydek
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Dydek in September 2008
Personal information
Born(1974-04-28)28 April 1974
Warsaw, Poland
Died27 May 2011(2011-05-27) (aged 37)
Brisbane, Australia
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Utah Starzz
Playing career1998–2008
Position Center
Career history
19982004 Utah Starzz/San Antonio Silver Stars
20052007 Connecticut Sun
2008 Los Angeles Sparks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
Women's Basketball
Representing Flag of Poland.svg Poland
EuroBasket Women
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1999 Poland

Małgorzata Dydek (known as Margo Dydek in the United States, 28 April 1974 – 27 May 2011) [1] was a Polish professional basketball player. Standing 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) tall, she was famous for being the tallest professional female basketball player in the world. [2] She played center position for multiple teams in the WNBA and was a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League. [3] She was awarded the Polish Gold Cross of Merit (1999). [4]


She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2019.

Early life

Margo Dydek was born 28 April 1974 in Warsaw, Poland, to a 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) father and a 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) mother. [5] She had two sisters, her elder sister, Katarzyna (Kaska) (6 ft 7 in [2.01 m]) used to play for the Colorado Xplosion of the now defunct ABL. Her younger sister (12 years younger), [6] Marta (6 ft 6 in [1.98 m]), graduated from the University of Texas–El Paso where she played basketball, and played in Spain professionally in the 2000s. [7]

WNBA career

Dydek made her first trip to the United States in May 1998 for WNBA pre-draft camp. Dydek was drafted 1st overall in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz (the franchise was subsequently transferred to San Antonio).

On 16 April 2005, during the 2005 WNBA draft, the San Antonio Silver Stars traded Dydek to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for the Sun's first-round draft pick, Katie Feenstra from Liberty University.

Records held:

On 3 June 2008, Dydek signed with the Los Angeles Sparks, following time away from basketball due to her pregnancy. She gave birth to her son, David, in April that year.

European career

Dydek played for Olimpia Poznań from 1992 to 1994, before playing for Valenciennes Orchies in France from 1994 to 1996, where she met her future husband, David. She then moved to Spain and played for Pool Getafe from 1996 to 1998, and moved back to Poland to play for Fota Porta Gdynia starting with the 1998–99 season. She continued to play with the club through several sponsorship changes; since then, the club has taken the names Polpharma and Lotos.

In 1999–2000 she averaged 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds for Gdynia in FIBA EuroLeague play. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Polish League Finals of the 1999–2000 season. In 1999, she was also named the best female basketball player in Europe by the Italian sports magazine La Gazzetta dello Sport . Dydek was chosen as Poland's Sports Woman of the Year and was a member of the Poland women's national basketball team until 2007, winning the EuroBasket Women 1999. She helped lead Gdynia to runner-up finishes in the FIBA EuroLeague in 2002 and 2004. [8]

Career statistics


Source [9]

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career high°League leader

Regular season

1998 Utah 30°30°28.0.482.143.7327.°3.612.9
1999 Utah 32°2822.9.498.350.8576.°2.812.6
2000 Utah 32°32°24.2.445.143.7965.°2.69.2
2001 Utah 32°32°30.3.440.400.7987.°2.810.9
2002 Utah 302729.2.436.250.8448.°3.213.1
2003 San Antonio 34°34°27.2.451.000.7237.°2.411.9
2004 San Antonio 34°2420.1.433.500.7594.
2005 Connecticut 313021.6.537.500.7696.
2006 Connecticut 34°34°21.9.494.250.8216.°1.59.4
2007 Connecticut 323020.1.487.400.7896.°1.66.7
2008 Los Angeles 207.0.4001.
Career11 years, 3 teams32330124.4.467.295.7916.


2001 Utah 2234.5.429.7697.
2002 Utah 5534.2.400.600.8678.
2005 Connecticut 8818.3.3761.000.6365.
2006 Connecticut 5526.6.458.000.8467.
2007 Connecticut 3326.7.400.500.0006.
2008 Los Angeles
Career6 years, 3 teams242325.0.412.556.7596.

Personal life

With husband David Twigg, Dydek had two sons, David (born 2008) and Alex (born 2010). [10] [11]


On 19 May 2011, Dydek, at the time pregnant with her third child, collapsed at her home in Brisbane due to cardiac arrest. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. She had been working as a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League. She never regained consciousness and died eight days later on 27 May 2011. [12]

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