Vasilije Micic is one of the best players in the world not already in the NBA. The 28-year-old guard is coming off two Final Four Euroleague MVPs for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish league.
With most of the top free agents off the board, Micic is the last guy who could immediately be an impact player for a contending team. He continues to “generate significant interest” and would like to play in the NBA next season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
So what’s the problem ?
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Here’s the main problem: Micic’s rights currently belong to the Thunder. If they are traded to a team with space to sign him, then he could make his NBA debut.
The Bulls, Nuggets and Bucks are rumored to be interested in Micic, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. But so late in free agency, those teams don’t have the salary exceptions that would be needed to add him to the contract he would seek.
Spurs were also mentioned by Fischer as a possible landing spot. They still have the ceiling space to add it, although its fit would no longer make much sense in a rebuild situation.
Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon was also spotted attending one of Micic’s Efes games earlier in June. They still have part of their mid-tier taxpayer exception, so they might make an offer.
Vasilije Micic scouting report: Talent in attack
Micic is great fun to watch in the pick-and-roll. He has a superb feel and is an incredibly creative passer. His enveloping passes look like something out of a video game.
Micic is not an athletic freak. Instead, he generates advantages with clever ball handling and shifting. He has an excellent dribble and knows how to get to his places on the floor.
Micic uses that same level of craftsmanship to finish on the edge. He knows how to manipulate space and find unusual angles to succeed. His fleeting threat makes it difficult to send additional help to him.
Micic is also a solid shooter. He hit nearly 37% of his 3-point attempts over the course of his career, and many of those shots came from NBA range and out-of-motion moves.
Micic’s only weak point is that he can get a bit careless with the ball. His shaft is not as tight as one would expect for such a talented player.
Vasilije Micic scouting report: Defense questions
Micic’s concern is going to be on the defensive side of the ball. As for the Pelicans, “Serb” Jones, he is not.
Micic has decent positional size (6-5) but mediocre wingspan. His limited tools prevent him from remaining solid against much less athletic players abroad.
Micic is decent in terms of proper rotations in a team scheme, but multiple efforts are lacking. He can get in trouble when defending on an island.
Micic has a very good conscience, allowing him to get his hands on the ball to generate interceptions. Maybe he plays better in a small offensive role in the NBA, but he doesn’t play with a lot of force. He’s probably going to be negative on the defensive side of the ball.
Micic has NBA talent. He could come soon – if a competitive team can find a way to trade his rights and offer him a reasonable contract.
If those things ever come to fruition, he’ll instantly become a fan favorite wherever he lands. He’s a good player with a flashy game that’s fascinating to watch.
Highlights of Vasilije Micic
For a longer video scout report of his game, watch below: