ALL-TIME EX-YUGOSLAVIA ALL NBA TEAM! Former Yugoslavia has produced many NBA stars and it successor states of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo havent been as successful as the original. Its players are still in high demand, however and we look back at the best all time players in the NBA from the former Yugoslavia. Many of these players had mixed upbringings from mixed marriages, Serbs born in Croatia, Croats born in Bosnia and everything in between. One thing that cant be taken away is the strong basketball tradition, the training and they style of play that defines Yugoslav basketball. STARTING FIVE PG) Goran Dragic: Europes not known for producing high level NBA point guards but that maybe a bit misguided. Many were never given the opportunities including Bosnain Zoran Planinic who had a solid NBA career coming off the bench and Aleksandar Djordjevic who was one of the best former YU players of all time. SG) Drazen Petrovic: Drazen is one of the best pure shooters of all time. He wasnt given a chance early in his NBA career but was coming into his own when he tragically died early. C) Vlade Divac: Vlade was one of the best passing big men of all time and a very solid player for many years in the NBA playing on some very good teams. SF) Peja Stojakovic: One of the best shooters of his generation Peja could light it up from anywhere on the court. PF) Dino Radja: Dino was a dominating post player who had a very solid start to his NBA career until injuries derailed his NBA dreams. BENCH G) Predrag Danilovic: Sasa was very good in his short NBA career, he had weak ankles and the grind of the NBA season proved too much for him. He averaged 16.6ppg in his last stop in the NBA with the Mavericks at the age of 27. G) Beno Udrih: Beno has never been a star but has been a solid contributor to NBA teams for almost 10 years. G) Marko Jaric: Marko had a long but unspectacular career as an NBA professional. His claims to fame these days are being married to super model Adrianna Lima. C) Nikola Pekovic: Nikola has been a beast in the NBA; he has great moves around the basket and great size and strength. It was a tough decision between putting him or Nikola Vucevic on the team. F) Toni Kukoc: One of the few players in NBA history who could legitimately play all five positions on the court. Toni was one of the best 6th men of all time in the NBA and could create nightmarish mismatches on the court for opponents. F) Bostjan Nachbar: Bostjan had a very solid NBA career and could have continued to do so but he opted for a big money, big time return to European basketball instead. F) Mirza Teletovic: Mirza has just started out on his NBA adventure and it hasnt been the best beginnings, but he is expected to be a solid NBA player for a very long time.
Bosnian Prospects where are they now? - 11 hours ago
Bosnian Prospects where are they now? Adnan Omeragic: Once a top prospect in Spain the 201cm forward is still fairly young having turned 20 in August. He has struggled with development and injuries the last few seasons and has become an afterthought for both BiH and the Spanish National Team. He's playing for Nautico KIA Tenerife this season in the Spanish EBA. His stats so far this season in 13 games are 14mpg 6.6ppg 2.2rbpg .8stls while shooting 48.9% from two, 45% from three and 72.2... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects where are they now?
Adnan Omeragic: Once a top prospect in Spain the 201cm forward is still fairly young having turned 20 in August. He has struggled with development and injuries the last few seasons and has become an afterthought for both BiH and the Spanish National Team. He's playing for Nautico KIA Tenerife this season in the Spanish EBA. His stats so far this season in 13 games are 14mpg 6.6ppg 2.2rbpg .8stls while shooting 48.9% from two, 45% from three and 72.2% from the FT line. He is a key player for the club coming off the bench this season but much more was expected of him after being a member of the Spanish U16 team a few years ago.
Sandro Gacic: He's another 20 year old Bosnian playing in the EBA league in Spain this season. He declined the invitation to play with the Bosnian U20 team last summer so he could focus on studies and improving his game and it has paid off so far this season. He's been one of the best players for his team Cantbasket this season. In 12 games he is averaging 27mpg 13.3ppg 3.2rbpg 2.7aspg 1.3stls. He is struggling with his shooting however averaging 40.8% from two, 33.7% from three and 73.2% from the FT line. Five years ago he was considered an elite prospect in Europe, possibly the best guard on the old continent. He hasn't lived up to that advanced billing but has shown slow, steady improvement over time. There has been a question how much he actually loves the game of basketball but that is a question for him to answer.
Nikola Maric: the member of the BiH U18 team is playing a solid role for his club in the EBA this season. He's played in 9 games so far averaging 23mpg 10.7ppg 5.6rbpg 1.1aspg and he is shooting 50% from two, 25% from three and 81% from the FT line.
Lazar Mutic: He has struggled mightily in the EBA league this season. He has played in 7 games averaging 15mpg 3.3ppg 3.9rbpg while shooting 21.9% from two and 30% from the FT line.
Sani Campara: He too is playing in the EBA league in Spain for Real Madrid II. He has played in 9 games so far averaging 23mpg 6.3ppg 1.6rbpg 1.3aspg while shooting 53.8% from two, 20% from three and 83.3% from the FT line so far on the season.
Aleksandar Lazic: He has played a major role for his club in Serbia Dynamic BG Belgrade this season. He's played in 11 games averaging 26mpg 8.5ppg 6.8rbpg 1.1aspg 1.7stls while shooting 54.4% from two, 24.1% from three and 64.7% from the FT line. He is a solid shooter when left open and even with his injuries he has solid athleticism. He has yet to have a breakout year with a club team but he is still young and a breakout year is still possible.
Amar Gegic: The elite athletically gifted guard moved onto Bayern from Spars Sarajevo this year and has put his immense talents on display for the German club. He's played in 10 games so far averaging 20mpg 8.5ppg 2.8rbpg 2.3aspg 1.2stls while shooting 58.1% from two, 10% from three (2-20 so far) and 69% from the FT line.
Dejan Kovacevic: He has struggled lately for Bayern II and has not made the impact expected this season. He's played 14 games so far averaging 22mpg 11ppg 3.9rbpg while shooting 65.2% from two, 37% from three and 84.4% from the FT line.
Amar Balic: He's having a solid season for his team in Italy so far. He's played in 16 games averaging 35mpg 10.8ppg 4.8rbpg 4.9aspg 1.2stls. He is struggling with his shooting however averaging 41.9% from two, 28.6% from three and 67.9% from the FT line. He is struggling with turnovers as well, averaging 4 per game so far on the season.
Nedim Muslic: One of the best young 3x3 players in the world is playing well for his club in Qatar as well. The 200cm forward has played in 9 games so far averaging 22mpg 7.2ppg 5.7rbpg 1.4aspg 1.3stls while shooting 55.6% from two, 26.9% from three and 40% from the FT line.
Ylli lands Kevin Brown, ex Siroki Primorka - 12 hours ago
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Golden Eagle Ylli (SuperLeague) tabbed 25-year old American guard Kevin Brown (190-88kg-92, college: New Orleans). He spent his 2-year professional career in Bosnia. He started the season at Siroki Primorka in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 9 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Brown played at Zrinjski (also in Division I) where in 23 games he had 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was se... [read more]
Golden Eagle Ylli (SuperLeague) tabbed 25-year old American guard Kevin Brown (190-88kg-92, college: New Orleans). He spent his 2-year professional career in Bosnia. He started the season at Siroki Primorka in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 9 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Brown played at Zrinjski (also in Division I) where in 23 games he had 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. His college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2014. Brown graduated from University of New Orleans in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Nenad Vukovic (188-PG-94) inks with KK Gradjanski Bobar Osiguranje Bijeljina for the rest of the season. KK Gradjanski Bobar Osiguranje Bijeljina has parted ways with Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) and signed Nenad Vukovic as the starting point guard. He managed to play for three clubs in this season, started with KK Mladost Mrkonjic Grad after which he moved to Montenegro, and in December signed with KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje. With Mladost he averaged 17.4pts and 3.7apg in 7 games, while play... [read more]
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