Time will tell if he could be good enough to become a credible atlernative to Cibona Zagreb's 7-foot C Krešimir Nikić ('99) and 6'10" PF/C Lovro Buljević ('98) given that both are struggling with injuries for pretty much the entire half-season.
And to the greatest extent, someone to help forget that the Croatian Basketball Federation let go by 6'10" strong C Josip Popić ('98) to Austria and 6'10" PF/C Sandro Antunović ('98) to Bosnia-Herzegovina. There is only one real prospect, 6'6'' tall PG Ammar Gegic, but I have some doubts even about him.
The U18 Division A draw has been done : Group A : Spain, Italy, Sweden & Croatia. Group C : Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel & Lithuania. I can name three of four 7'0'' tall 1998 born Bosnian centers, but problem is that every of them is a drvo.
After scoring a career-high 27 points to go with 14 rebounds, four assists and a block to help lead the Denver Nuggets to an impressive 112-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, it seems like it's time for Denver rookie big man Nikola Jokic to get his close-up.
I suspect, however, that he might prefer it not be with this particular picture.[Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]That, friends, is a snapshot of the photo on Jokic's passport, as shared in October of 2014 by Nenad Miljenovic, a fellow Serbian and Jokic's point guard on KK Mega Vizura / Mega Leks of the Adriatic League, and as unearthed Tuesday by a poster in the Reddit community r/denvernuggets.
(This summer, after Jokic inked a deal to come to Denver, Miljenovic signed a three-year pact with Sevilla of Spain's ACB, the club that employed Kristaps Porzingis before the New York Knicks drafted him.)Judging by the passport's date of issue, the picture had to be taken at some point before April 22, 2009, when Jokic would have been just 14 years old.
Judging by the photo, it was taken before Jokic hit the growth spurt that transformed him from a swingman into a big man, and the kind of prospect whose combination of size and skill so tantalized the Nuggets that they selected him with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
From a summer profile by Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com: "We're very excited with Nikola," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. A late growth spurt allows him to have kind of a unique skill set.