H: 7' 0"|
W: 255 lbs
(29 Years Old)
|Agent: Chris Patrick ||
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
#4) Miroslav Raduljica, 7'0, Center, 28.6 years old, Serbia
14.8 PTS, 3.3 REB, 1.3 AST, 1.3 OREB, .8 BLK, 36-49 FT%, 61.2 FG%
Serbian Center Miroslav Raduljica had a strong showing in his first ever-Olympic competition. Serbia, who went 4-0 in Olympic qualifying, may have surprised some people in Rio, beating Croatia, and then Australia handily en route to a silver medal, and a disappointing blowout loss to the United States in the gold medal game. Raduljica led the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game, and did it an efficient rate hitting 61.2% of his field goals. Raduljica played only 19 minutes per game, splitting time with Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, but he posted the highest points per-40 of the tournament at 30.9.
Raduljica has spent the majority of his career bouncing around high-level teams in Europe, but he had a brief stint in the NBA, playing 48 games with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 and five games with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014. He spent last season with Panathinaikos of Greece and the Euroleague, but signed a two year deal this offseason with EA7 Armani of the Italian League, where he will play alongside Mantas Kalnietis of Lithuania. Prior to these Olympics, Raduljica had some success in international competition, competing in the 2015 Eurobasket, 2014 World Cup, and taking home the MVP in 2008 at the FIBA U20 Euro tournament.
Considered by some NBA scouts to be the most underrated prospect in Europe, this season has clearly been a coming out party for Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica, now draft-eligible as a 1988 born international. We got to watch him play on four separate occasions over the course of our trip, and each time came away impressed by a different facet of his game.
Raduljica went rather unnoticed in this championship, which is not good news for a player that was supposed to stand amongst the best big men in Novi Sad. Indeed, when last summer he was the main low post reference for the Serbian junior squad, this time Milan Macvan completely stole the show for the Balkan team.
Being much less of an offensive catalyst for his team, Raduljica enjoyed a smaller share of the ball, and therefore less opportunities to shine. His low post game got a bit exposed, showing that he needs to work on his footwork and especially on his ability to finish against opposition down low to become an effective post player. Besides, a small injury he suffered against France didnít help him for the rest of the championship, perhaps lacking some certain aggressiveness. Still, he was a great contributor in the rebounding department.
Anyway, heís still an excellent prospect, a big guy with nice athleticism, a high basketball IQ and a very solid array of skills.
The most well-rounded and polished center in the camp, Raduljica looked very aggressive attacking the rim yesterday. He went up for dunks again and again, showing excellent mobility out of pick-and-roll plays and nice reactivity going up for the finish. Actually he barely could finish a single dunk, as he was repeatedly fouled hard, but produced with great accuracy from the free-throw line. This insistency looking for the dunk might be related to the fact that Raduljica had been struggling a little bit knocking down his jump-hooks against bigger defenders. This is not last summer's U-18 European Championships, where he virtually toyed with the inferior competition, although he's a skilled guy who should be able to adapt pretty soon. Running the court, taking good decisions in the offensive end, solid on defense, he's a very reliable center and he's proving it here.[Read Full Article]
This was a tale of two games for 19-year old Miroslav Raduljica, one of the stars of the U-18 European Championship this past summer. The first game saw a very passive and hesitant big man who struggled to make any kind of impact on the game, while the second saw a much more active version who openly looked to crash the glass and hit a few nice mid-range jumpers. Raduljicaís hook shot isnít looking quite as good as it did this past summer, as he struggles to get it off against big men who have similar size and bulk as him. Raduljica is a big boy despite his age, showing a very nice frame and pretty good mobility getting up and down the court, but he hasnít quite stood out in any one area yet. He clearly has a lot of potential, but still is a ways from showing that there is a good reason why his name is currently in this yearís draft.[Read Full Article]
It was a little surprising to see Raduljicaís name on the Early-Entry list considering his age and the fact that he just finished his first season at the senior level playing for FMPís farm team Borac. Raduljica was one of the most impressive performers at the European U-18 Championship last summer, but he is most likely just testing the waters to get some name recognition and familiarize himself with the draft process rather than seriously considering staying in. He has 3 more years before becoming automatically eligible to work on his game and turn himself into a legit first round pick. Before he gets in a position to be selected in the first round, Raduljica should prove himself on the European level since he is not the type of prospects that is oozing with potential.
Raduljica has the physical attributes needed to warrant looks from NBA scouts. He seems to be a legit 7-footer with a nicely developed body for his age. Miroslav is a fluid, but not an explosive athlete, running the court well and showing solid footwork in the painted area. When you combine his physical gifts with the notion that he seems to be a pretty smart kid with excellent hands, Raduljica certainly has enough potential to develop into a first round pick. However at the moment he is far from it, not being able to establish himself in the Serbian league playing for a very average squad.
Skill-wise, heís a very solid player, actually pretty well-rounded for what you ask from a center. He can evolve in the low post with simple, but effective moves, he can finish with both hands around the rim, he can use the jump-hook, he enjoys a mid-range stroke to menace from the high post, heís a nice distributor from either the high or low posts, even he can eventually put the ball on the floor to attack his match-up in a favorable situation, while he shows good positioning on the defensive end, with nice intensity and good enough mobility for a center. Perhaps he isnít a master of any of these skills, but heís decently effective in every department. With that said, his lack of fundamental polish and in-game experience is obvious. It is tough to judge where his stock is at the moment, but unless he impresses mightily in workouts, it is hard to picture him getting into the first round.
The enforcer of this tournament, Raduljica is a true center with virtually all the characteristics you look for in a regular five-man. Given the lack of mature bigs, he barely faced any serious competition that could stop him from operating almost at will in the paint. Actually, this fact has limited our ability to figure out his real dimensions as a player at this moment, as he just wasnít challenged enough.
Anyway, despite Dasicís offensive production, we can argue that the center piece in Serbia and Montenegro was actually Raduljica. He became a reference on both the offensive and defensive ends whenever he was on the court. Heís one of these uncommon bigs that actually plays inside and does pretty well what a center is supposed to do on the floor. He certainly has the tools, as heís not only a 7-footer, but a well-built guy with good strength for his age, also athletically solid and nicely coordinated.
Raduljica operates from both the high and the low post. Down low, he easily establishes position to receive the ball, showing a nice ability to score. With simple and solid moves, spinning and banging his rivals, he uses his body very well to get high-percentage baskets. He can finish around the rim with his both hands, showing a nice semi-hook shot. If heís not close enough to the basket, or just feels like thereís too much traffic, or even just to make his offensive effort less predictable, he delivers a rather reliable turnaround jumper. He often suffered double-team defenses in the championship, but heís an excellent passer that uses his size extremely well to see the court and feed the right man. Indeed, he doesnít look obsessed at all about stockpiling points, but he weights what his team needs every time, and doesnít doubt for a second if he thinks that passing the ball is the better choice for the team.
Itís a bit of the same story in the high post. Heís as reliable a passer from there, if not better. Looking for the basket, the mid-range shot gains importance here. He shows solid mechanics and accuracy (just as he does from the free-throw line), but he can also put the ball on the floor and attack his rival. Heís a fairly quick guy for a 7-footer, and enjoys nice ball-handling skills. His big men rivals often canít keep up with this type of skills. All in all, heís a very fundamentally sound guy.
Raduljica was also a very important defensive presence. With his size, strength, good mobility and excellent positioning, he became a defensive anchor in the paint. Perhaps heís not a super aggressive player, but you can see that heís always focused and delivers the right intensity.
Everything in Raduljicaís game speaks the word ďsolidĒ, whether physical gifts, skills, and how he puts all together on the court showing a remarkable basketball IQ. He wonít blow anybody away with stunning potential, but heís bound to become a very useful center.
Still, the most unreachable part of this Serbian wall is probably Miroslav Raduljica, who simply dominates with his strong 6-11 body. Given the lack of mature and quality centers that the tournament suffers, he really has little competition.
Not really spectacular in any department of the game, he's a very solid guy who is effective on both ends of the court. On the offensive end he can score from the post, shoot from the mid-range area or even eventually put the ball on the floor to attack the basket. He's fairly athletic and can finish strong near the rim. He understands the game, and feeds his teammates from the post. On defense, he's a reliable presence down low, showing a very good sense of positioning and taking advantage of his strength, which makes him virtually immovable for his rivals.
Next to Ajinca, the best center at the tournament, although for other reasons. Heís a big player, a big body, who knows how to play with his back to the basket to break defenses down from there. Physically, heís superior to other kids his age, and shows a good knowledge of the game in order to be important. Athletically, heís nothing out of this world, but heís an insistent player who dunks the ball whenever heís under the rim. He was the axis of his National Team, which curiously didnít feature any pure shooters.[Read Full Article]