The Philadelphia 76ers front office shouldn’t lose track of one of their draft-and-stash players in guard Vasilije Micic.
For the most part, the Philadelphia 76ers have their roster set in stone this season. They have 14 guaranteed contracts and one partially guaranteed in Trey Burke for this year. Yet the front office shouldn’t lose track of one of the team’s long term investments in Vasilije Micic.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s ok, he was drafted back in the 2014 draft by former general manager Sam Hinkie. Micic was one of many second round picks made by Hinkie during his tenure and was stashed in Europe ever since.
For the most part, the 6-foot-5 guard hasn’t really impressed during his stops in international play, until recently. Last seaosn the 25-year-old played with Anadolu Efes and had the best season of his career. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists, while converting 47.4 percent from the field and 37.1 percent on 3-pointers.
Recently, he played for the Serbian national team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and performed well. He averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while converting 45.7 percent of his attempts from the floor and only 23.1 percent of his shots from deep. He was fourth in assists per game for Serbia only behind Stefan Jovic, Nikola Jokic and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
While his 3-point percentage in the World Cup was less than ideal, Micic has shown to be an efficient scorer and solid playmaker this past year. With only Burke and Raul Neto on one-year deals, general manager Elton Brand could look at Micic next summer as an option to fortify the point guard depth for next year. This should all be predicated upon him having another good season in international play and if he can continue to shoot efficiently from the 3-point line.
Concerns about the status of this year’s roster should be the pressing issue for the Philadelphia 76ers. However, evaluating all available options should be something the front office should continue to do, especially in the case of Micic.