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Filip Petrusev has never hidden that his goal is to play within the NBA. Nonetheless, he’ll still need to wait for it to grow to be a reality. The Philadelphia 76ers who hold his rights definitely have not forgotten him.
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The 76ers will proceed to follow Petrusev’s, who signed with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade earlier this month, development.
The 22-year-old Petrusev played 4 games within the 76ers jersey during this yr’s NBA Summer League, where he averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes per game.
Following the Summer League, heavy.com spoke with an unnamed NBA scout from the Eastern Conference about Petrusev and his development.
Last season the Serbian center played for Anadolu Efes Istanbul and have become the EuroLeague champion, but he had little or no playing time for Ergin Ataman’s coached team.
Now it’s as much as the talented 2.10-meters tall teenager to point out that he can return to the extent he was at with Mega Basket, and before that with Gonzaga.
“He overestimated himself on this moment,” said the scout.
“He was good two years ago in Serbia, he thought he was ready for the NBA league, however the 76ers didn’t agree,” the scout revealed.
“At this moment, he shouldn’t be physically ready for the NBA league,” the scout added.
Despite these statements, there’s a belief that in the longer term Petrussev might be an NBA player.
“He has an awesome feeling for the sport, he might be an NBA player,” said the scout.
“At any time when you watch him, he stands out on the court, he finishes on the rim thoroughly, he does an awesome job in pick-and-roll situations,” the unnamed scout continued.
The scout revealed that the most important issue is defense, nevertheless.
“The issue is in defense, but he’ll soon be a part of the NBA,” the scout concluded.
After two years at Gonzaga, Petrusev decided to enter the NBA draft. Philadelphia chosen him within the second round with the fiftieth overall pick. Nonetheless, he returned to Serbia, within the Mega Basket jersey and have become the MVP of the ABA League before joining Anadolu Efes.