Danny Vranes
Personal information
Born (1958-10-29) October 29, 1958 (age 63)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolSkyline (Salt Lake City, Utah)
CollegeUtah (1977–1981)
NBA draft1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1981–1992
PositionPower forward
Number23, 20
Career history
19811986Seattle SuperSonics
19861988Philadelphia 76ers
1988–1989AEK Athens
1989–1992Aresium Milan
1992Cagiva Varese
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,613 (5.1 ppg)
Rebounds1,998 (3.9 rpg)
Assists594 (1.2 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's basketball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Juan Team competition

Daniel LaDrew Vranes (born October 29, 1958) is an American retired professional basketball player.

Vranes led Skyline High School, in Salt Lake City, to the state basketball championship in his senior year (1977). A 6'7" small forward from the University of Utah, he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft. Vranes played in 7 NBA seasons with the SuperSonics and Philadelphia 76ers from 1981 to 1988.

In his NBA career, Vranes played in 510 games and scored a total of 2,613 points. Perhaps his best year as a professional came during the 1983–84 season as a member of the SuperSonics, appearing in 80 games and averaging 8.4 points per game. On January 18, 1984, Vranes recorded a career high 6 blocks in a 114-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[1] Known for his defense, after the 1984–85 season, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. That season, on October 26, he recorded 6 steals, along with scoring a team high 24 points, during a 102-94 win over the Utah Jazz.[2][3]

His single game total of 18 rebounds recorded on April 22, 1983, during a Game 2 loss to the Trail Blazers, are still tied for fourth most rebounds in Thunder/Sonic franchise history.[4]

He played in Europe for AEK BC, Teorematour Arese and Breeze Milano.

His ancestors emigrated to the United States from Croatia in the early 1900s.[5] Vranes is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6] He is a cousin of Jeff Judkins, his teammate at Utah.[7]


  1. ^ "Danny Vranes Career High 6 Blocks". Statmuse.
  2. ^ "Danny Vranes Game Highs". Basketball Reference.
  3. ^ "Utah Jazz at Seattle SuperSonics Box Score, October 26, 1984". Basketball Reference.
  4. ^ "Most Rebounds in a Playoff Game by a Thunder/Sonic Player". Statmuse.
  5. ^ Shelly Gledhill: Colby Vranes, awaiting his mission in life Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ LDS Church Almanac, 2009 Edition, p. 326
  7. ^ Jares, Joe. "A double Danny dandy," Sports Illustrated, January 29, 1979. Retrieved December 24, 2020