2018 NBA Draft Prospect: Dzanan Musa

Often regarded as the 2nd best European prospect in this draft. Musa wants to make his mark with a NBA Team this year. 

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Dzanan Musa is a 6’9 forward that spent this past season with Cedevita Zagreb of the Croatian league. Musa may not have the ceiling that Luka Doncic has but he shouldn’t be looked over either.

Musa averaged 10.5 points, 0.9 assists, and 3.2 rebounds during Eurocup this season. Although his stats don’t show it Musa is known for scoring and quickly. One of his recent performances was him scoring 26 vs a very good Russian team.

If you are looking to compare him to an NBA player I would have to say his game is very similar to Indiana Pacers Forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Most of Musa’s points come from beyond the arc and it appears that he excels at hitting the 3 point shot. Musa’s length (7’0 wingspan) allows him to play the passing lanes with ease and lets him steal the ball at an effective rate.

Off the dribble Musa has shown to be very effective at hitting the 3. Musa is also a willing driver and has shown that he isn’t afraid of taking it to the paint.

Musa has been the top scorer in the championships every time he participates. Averaging 34 points in 2016 World Cup, Musa showed that he is here and here to stay. One of his more impressive performances came against China Tapei in which he scored 50 points.

Musa is described as a leader who has a strong personality and someone who isn’t afraid of the big stage. He is a point forward that has played PG-SF overseas. Musa has a quick first step that allows him to blow by opponents for the easy score.

One of his elite traits is that he has a quick release on his jumper. Having a quick release makes his shot harder to block. Musa has a high basketball IQ and he is a natural scorer that can create his own shot.

Dzanan Musa is only 19 years old which is definitely a plus in today’s NBA. He is slated to be a mid to late 1st round pick in this years draft. The Atlanta Hawks have 3 selections in the 2018 NBA Draft ranging from 1-6, 19, and 30. If the Dzanan Musa falls to 19 the Atlanta Hawks should definitely take a look at him.

Although the Hawks have hired a new coach who will bring an entirely new system with him, the Hawks should not turn a blind eye to this player. Musa would come in and set the tone when the Hawks decide to stretch the floor.  General Manager Travis Schlenk likes players who can shoot well from the field so Musa is a definite lock to be on his big board in this years draft.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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