DZANAN MUSA 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE- PLAYS PROFESSIONALLY IN CROATIA (FROM BOSNIA)
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
CLASS: NO CLASS/ 18 YEARS OLD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID FIRST ROUND PICK
After announcing his presence on the world’s stage in 2014, it just seemed to be a matter of time before Dzanan Musa of Bosnia was playing in the NBA.
At only 18 years old, Musa is enjoying an exemplary season playing for KK Cedevita Zagreb, a Croatian professional basketball club that plays against teams in the Adriatic League, EuroCup and Croatian League. While his 12.2 points per game won’t blow anyone away on paper, his two-point field goal percentage is 61%, and he’s shooting 34% from three.
The 6’9″ wing is a quick-and-shifty jitterbug who plays with the flair of someone several inches shorter than him. He’s very adept at using his dribble to set up defenders in a way that allows him to either blow past them, set up a shot where he has a good look at the basket, or put himself in the best position to set up one of his teammates. He has the footwork and on-court “feel” to find creases in a defense, and find angles that lead to scoring opportunities.
He moves around the floor like a wing, in the sense that he knows how to combine his quickness with his feel for coming off screens, but he also is very adept at surveying the court and knowing where his teammates are, so he can set them up too.
When he does decide to pull up and take a shot, he’s confident and consistent shooter that can take the shot off the dribble, in iso situations, off the catch-and-shoot, or as the roll guy in the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop (the latter of which NBA teams will love).
Given the fact that he’s got a 6’9 wingspan to match his height, it’s no surprise that Musa is good at clogging passing lanes. In many ways, he thinks like a cornerback in football, trying to jump passing lanes and create turnover opportunities.
However, Musa faces a lot of criticism that are levied against players coming from Europe. First and foremost: he’ll need to get bigger (he only weighs 190lbs) and stronger, if he’s going to hold up in the NBA. He has the size you’re looking for, but there are questions as to whether he’ll be able to hold up defensively; between his lack of bulk, and a lack of instincts in this part of his game, this is a major concern.
Finally, one thing that doesn’t fit the European stereotype is that Musa isn’t a good shooter from long distance, connecting on less than 33% of his three-point attempts this past year. He has kind of a quirky jump shot that’s going to require a good amount of effort to tweak at the next level.
The simple fact is that Musa is tantalizing talent because of the fact that he’s already shown he can play among professionals (albeit in eastern Europe), and he’ll only be weeks removed from his 19th birthday when an NBA team selects him in the draft. Some team will have a player with huge upside to tap into, if done correctly. It may take a few years but Dzanan Musa may be one of the steals of the 2018 NBA Draft.
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