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Dejan Musli (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Мусли; born January 3, 1991) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Tianjin Gold Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays at the center position.

Dejan Musli
Dejan Musli 42 Brose Bamberg EuroLeague 20180209.jpg
Musli with Bamberg in February 2018
Tianjin Gold Lions
PositionCenter
LeagueCBA
Personal information
Born (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 28)
Prizren, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2010FMP
2010–2012Caja Laboral
2011Fuenlabrada
2012Mega Vizura
2012–2014Partizan
2015Mega Leks
2015–2016Bàsquet Manresa
2016–2017Unicaja
2017–2018Brose Bamberg
2019–presentTianjin Gold Lions
Career highlights and awards

Contents

Professional careerEdit

FMPEdit

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 LaboralEdit

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.

PartizanEdit

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 LeksEdit

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 ManresaEdit

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.

UnicajaEdit

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 BC in the Finals.[21] On December 7, 2017, he parted ways with Unicaja.[22]

Brose BambergEdit

On December 8, 2017, Musli signed with German club Brose Bamberg for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[23]

International careerEdit

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.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

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.

EuroLeagueEdit

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
2017–18 Unicaja 9 1 11.2 .576 .000 .550 2.7 .4 .0 .3 5.4 6.9
2017–18 Bamberg 15 8 19.8 .594 .000 .678 6.1 1.4 .3 .3 10.4 14.4
Career 68 25 15.5 .542 .000 .632 4.1 .7 .3 .2 7.2 8.2

ReferencesEdit

  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.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  17. ^ "Fantastic Miljenović was not enough". abaliga.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  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. ^ "El Unicaja y Dejan Musli separan sus caminos". unicajabaloncesto.com (in Spanish). 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Brose Bamberg verpflichtet Dejan Musli". brosebamberg.de (in German). 8 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  24. ^ "MUSLI NAMED MVP". fibaeurope.com. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2014.

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