Vasilije Micic ‘felt a doubt from the NBA’


By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

Aiming to give Serbia a boost in upcoming international fixtures, Vasilije Micic backtracked earlier in the offseason and developments regarding his NBA status. The Anadolu Efes star spoke to Sport Klub media.

“The deadline was July 20 and I didn’t change teams” he confirmed the time constraint to move his talent to the NBA this summer, per Google Translate, “I stayed at Efes. But even before the deadline, I was at peace with any possible development. Everything is going so well for me, I wouldn’t want to say anything and possibly damage my relationship with the team.

Happy to stay at Anadolu Efes, Micic has been the Final Four MVP at both ends of consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championships. In 2021, he was also named MVP of the season. The next step will be an opportunity to clinch a third straight title in Europe’s premier continental club competition. The Istanbul giant will also compete in domestic competitions in a bid to return to the top of the Turkish BSL after failing in the 2022 Playoffs.

“The next step would be the NBA. It didn’t happen but I’m calm with everything,” he added, “I sensed doubt from the NBA. That doubt extends to everyone in a similar position, not exclusively to me. Unless you’re Nikola Jokic or Luka Doncic.

Released from Mega Vizura in 2014, he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 52nd pick in the NBA Draft. His NBA rights were acquired by Oklahoma City Thunder in 2020. Meanwhile, he has become a dominant player in Europe after joining Efes in 2018, following stints at Zalgiris, Tofas, Crvena Zvezda Telekom and FC Bayern Munich.

“I really don’t think I need to prove myself there,” he suggested previewing a potential move to the NBA in the future, “The current situation suits me. If I go to the NBA one day, it will happen or it will not happen.

In 2021-22, he had 18.2 points, 4.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per EuroLeague game, and 17.4 points, 5.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game BSL.

Micic, 28, is currently in Serbia’s training camp. Their country’s senior national team is preparing to play EuroBasket 2022 in September and will also enter the second and final final of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers at the end of August.

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