Dejan Musli

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Dejan Musli
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Musli with Partizan in October 2013.
No. 44 – Unicaja
Position Center
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 26)
Prizren, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2010 FMP
2010–2012 Caja Laboral
2011 Fuenlabrada
2012 Mega Vizura
2012–2014 Partizan
2015 Mega Leks
2015–2016 Bàsquet Manresa
2016–present Unicaja
Career highlights and awards

Dejan Musli (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Мусли; born January 3, 1991) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays at the center position.

Professional career[edit]

FMP[edit]

In the youth Musli won the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament twice with FMP dominating in the paint and winning MVP awards, which made him one of the most promising young players of his generation.[1] In January 2009, Musli signed his first professional four-year contract with FMP, team where he spent previous 2 seasons at the junior level.[2] In the summer of 2009, he won with his team the 2009 EuroLeague's NIJT junior tournament, after defeating the Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas. He scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the final game, while also guarding Jonas Valančiūnas who scored 22 points.[3] Despite being one of the most promising European players, in March 2010 Musli decided not to enter the 2010 NBA Draft.[4]

Caja Laboral[edit]

On September 22, 2010, Musli signed a five-year contract with the Spanish team Caja Laboral.[5] In first season with the team, he saw very little playing time, also having played only two games in his first EuroLeague season.

In February 2011, Musli was loaned to the Italian team Montegranaro until the end of season, but was quickly sent back due to concerns about his poor work ethic and questionable attitude.[6][7] Officially, he didn't play any game for Montegranaro due to illness.[8] In October 2011 he was loaned on one-month assignment to the Spanish side Fuenlabrada, in order to return his game shape.[9]

In February 2012, he was once again loaned, this time to Mega Vizura until the end of season.[10] Over the course of season, he averaged 9.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in the Basketball League of Serbia.[11] He played just ten games over two years in all competitions with Caja Laboral.

Partizan[edit]

On 18 July 2012, shortly after terminating his contract with Caja Laboral, Musli signed a three-year contract with Partizan Belgrade, with option to leave after two seasons.[12][13] In the first EuroLeague season with Partizan, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds over 10 games. After solid first season in Partizan, Musli's minutes per game dropped slightly in his second season with the team, which also reflected on his stats. He averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds over 23 EuroLeague games. In April 2014, at the Basketball League of Serbia game against Crnokosa, he scored season-high 22 points and added 5 rebounds while spending only 13 minutes on the court.[14] In 2014, he won his second straight and club's 13th consecutive Serbian League defeating Red Star Belgrade with 3-1 in the final series.[15]

Mega Leks[edit]

On December 30, 2014, Musli signed with Mega Leks for the rest of the season.[16] In a debut for the new team against Cibona, he scored 26 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.[17] Over 10 games in the Adriatic League, he averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Bàsquet Manresa[edit]

On 17 August 2015, Musli signed a one-year contract with the Spanish club Bàsquet Manresa.[18] On 25 October 2015, Musli was named ACB Player of the Month of October after averaging 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the first three games of the season.[19]

He finished the season as the top rated player with 19.7 Performance Index Rating points per game and was part of the All-ACB Second Team.

Unicaja[edit]

On 9 June 2016, Musli signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club Unicaja.[20] In April 2017, Musli won the EuroCup with Unicaja after beating Valencia Basket in the Finals.[21]

International career[edit]

Musli played for Serbian national team at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Greece and won a gold medal. He was named the tournament MVP averaging 16.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Baskonia 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .5 -2.0
2012–13 Partizan 10 8 21.6 .527 .000 .773 4.9 1.0 .8 .4 9.5 9.8
2013–14 23 7 14.6 .495 .000 .538 3.1 .3 .3 .1 5.3 5.4
Career 35 15 15.8 .506 .000 .619 3.5 .5 .4 .2 6.2 6.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petrinović, Igor. "Euroleague profiles: Dejan Musli, Partizan NIS Belgrade". euroleague.net. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Three more youngsters for FMP". Sportando. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "FMP win Nike International Junior Tournament". Sportando. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Shermadini and Musli will not enter in NBA draft". Sportando. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ N., D. "Musli u Kahi Laboral narednih pet sezona". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dejan Musli loaned to Montegranaro". Sportando. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Givony, Jonathan. "NBA Draft Prospects at the 2012 Copa del Rey". draftexpress.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Euroleague - Caja Laboral returns Dejan Musli from Montegranaro". mlbb.d11.gr. eurobasket.com. 
  9. ^ "Dejan Musli regresa a la disciplina del Caja Laboral". acb.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "El Caja Laboral cede a Dejan Musli al Mega Vizura hasta final de temporada". acb.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dejan Musli and Caja Laboral part ways, next stop Partizan". Sportando. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Musli u redovima tima iz Humske". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Musli tri godine u Partizanu". B92 (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Stotka Partizana protiv Crnokose". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "New Year’s change in Mega – Musli in, Marelja out". abaliga.com. 30 December 2014. Archived from the original on December 30, 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Fantastic Miljenović was not enough". abaliga.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dejan Musli, más poder para la pintura del ICL Manresa". basquetmanresa.com (in Spanish). 17 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Dejan Musli, MVP Movistar+ de Octubre" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Dejan Musli, primera incorporación del Unicaja 2016/2017". unicajabaloncesto.com (in Spanish). 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Game 3: Unicaja Malaga is the champion!". Eurocupbasketball.com. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "MUSLI NAMED MVP". fibaeurope.com. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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