|Team: NON-NBA College Team: Aris|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 222 lbs
(31 Years Old)
|Agent: Misko Raznatovic ||
Hometown: Cacak, Serbia
Drafted: Pick 53 in 2008 by Jazz
Dragicevicís productivity has become dazzling lately. To his superb season performance already, he is piling on an even more impressive run as of late. Heís clinched the 20-point mark in the last seven games he has played, and has surpassed the 30-point barrier in his last couple of Adriatic League showings. This past week he opened fire by pouring 22 points on Besiktas in the ULEB Cup, adding 5 rebounds and 2 rebounds to help his team tie the first game of the two-legged top-16 round. Back to the Balkan competition, he erupted for 39 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists as Red Star beat Helios.
|Photo: ABA League|
A couple of excellent back-to-back performances for Tadija Dragicevic, leading Red Star to consecutive victories, has earned him another nomination for Player of the Week honors. First in the ULEB Cup, with 19 points and 3 rebounds against Panellinios, and particularly in the Adriatic League, improving to 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Serbian power forward commands the Balkan competition both in efficiency and points per game (20.9).
As the season advances, weíre seeing a wider repertoire in Dragicevicís game. Yes, heís mainly a face up guy who does a great job combining terrific three-point shooting ability (he fires usually in static fashion, and probably enjoys range out to the NBA three-point line) with his ability to put the ball on the floor going either direction (he enjoys a pretty nice left hand). But heís also an able post guy. Relatively short and not showing great leaping ability, itís not common to see him releasing jump-hooks, usually instead trying to beat his opponents with spins looking for layups. Even if heís not close to the basket, he sometimes will turn around and face his match-up to attack him off the dribble. In any case, he shows solid footwork, nice use of his body and good control of offensive situations. Heís a pretty smart player with nice court awareness. However, his degree of offensive activity and incisive game translates to a serious amount of turnovers, although he also draws a large amount of fouls in the process, which allows him to produce consistently from the free-throw line.
Itís not every day that you see a draft-eligible player dropping 30 points on a Euroleague team, but it happened last week as Tadija Dragicevic led Crvena Zvezda to a victory over Cibona Zagreb. It was the highlight of an impressive early run that leaves him averaging 21 points and 5.3 rebounds four games into the season, helping his team to a solid 3-1 record in the Adriatic League.
A familiar name for the last years (he was part of the brilliant U-20 Serbian team that won gold back in 2006), Dragicevic is an example your typical low-potential type player that breaks through due to other attributes, such as skills, character, intelligence or intensity. At 6-9, he is not particularly big for a power forward, and heís neither especially athletic-- just a well built guy with nice mobility who actually knows how to use it. More of a face up player, he spends time in the high post cutting towards the basket when his guards create advantages, or by playing the pick-and-roll with them. He course also can play around the three-point line, where he uses a double threat in the form of his perimeter shot and ability to put the ball on the floor. Heís a pretty smart player, knowing what to do on the floor and showing nice positioning.
His long-range shot is rather important for Dragicevic. Not only does it serve as instant point production, but it helps him to create slashing spaces to keep the defense honest. So far he credits a nice 7/17 from behind the arc this season, and indeed went scoreless (0/3) from that distance in his worst game, against Buducnost. Already last year he boosted his offensive production in the Serbian SuperLeague as soon as his treys started falling regularly. Itís the usual spot-up shot of a forward, but itís becoming increasingly effective.