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Miroslav Raduljica, after being waived by Clippers, not ready to return to Europe

Sep 2, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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Here are the top 25 rookies from last season by win shares:

Player Team Win shares
Mason Plumlee BRK 4.7
Tim Hardaway NYK 3.1
Steven Adams OKC 2.9
Kelly Olynyk BOS 2.9
Cody Zeller CHA 2.6
Gorgui Dieng MIN 2.2
Ryan Kelly LAL 2.2
Matthew Dellavedova CLE 2.1
Hollis Thompson PHI 2
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET 1.8
Jeff Withey NOP 1.8
Tony Snell CHI 1.6
Nick Calathes MEM 1.5
Pero Antic ATL 1.4
Michael Carter-Williams PHI 1.3
Victor Oladipo ORL 1.3
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL 1.2
Nate Wolters MIL 1.2
Robbie Hummel MIN 1.1
Miroslav Raduljica MIL 1.1
Trey Burke UTA 0.9
Ben McLemore SAC 0.8
Andre Roberson OKC 0.8
Dewayne Dedmon GSW/PHI/ORL 0.6
Rudy Gobert UTA 0.4
Solomon Hill IND 0.4
Ray McCallum SAC 0.4

Of those 27 (three tied for 25th), 26 have something in common. They’re under contract for next season.

The exception: Miroslav Raduljica, who was traded by the Bucks and waived by the Clippers.

Raduljica’s contributions in Milwaukee, 3.8 points on 54 percent shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game, were modest. But for a rookie, they were encouraging. The 7-foot center could definitely stick in the NBA a bit longer.

Or he could return to Europe, where he played prior to last season. After a promising year with the Bucks, maybe he could earn more there and avoid the indignity of pitching himself to NBA teams.

But he’s going to try to stick out in America.

John Schumann of NBA.com:

After one season in the league, he said he wants to stay (though it was “a little cold in Milwaukee”). He said he’s only heard rumors about any other teams that may want him and “I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen next.”

Someone should sign Raduljica. Though I might not offer him more than a minimum contract, I’d definitely be happy to have him for that.

Plenty of teams could use a 26-year-old third center on the border of deserving a rotation spot – including the team that just waived him.

  1. christdp443 - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Miami should give him a look. I know Riley likes his vets, but Raduljica HAS to warrant consideration given the other options are an ancient Nazr Mohammed or a half season of Emeka Okafor. Bringing Andray Blatche to South Beach sounds like a Beasley-esque recipe for disaster.

  2. avb300 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Teams have to be smarter. This guy is a DOMINANT rim protector – potential to be on Hibbert’s level, great shooting touch for a big guy or even a guard (80% + FT shooter) and he’s looked great in the FIBA world cup. He’s still very young too.

    This is pretty pathetic. He has to be signed by an NBA team soon. He’s way too good.

    • alabamacowboy - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I wouldn’t go as far as to call him a DOMINANT rim protector. The guy finished 115th in the league in block percentage while he was on the floor. 1 blocked shot per 36 minutes. That’s far from dominant. He’s also a horrific defensive rebounder. He’s also 26 years old so he’s not THAT young. Now, should he be on an NBA roster? Sure, he’s raw enough that he can still be developed into something. But he’s a 10th man, 4th big, which is a borderline rotation player at best.

      • avb300 - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        For a big, 26 is young. Bigs can be effective well into their 30s so by that logic he is young. He’s no Drummond or Noel but he still has up to 10 years left of playing pro ball in the NBA or Europe.

        8.5 rebs/36 mins is not horrific. He played so few mins that his per 36 min stats can be misleading. What isn’t misleading is his rim protection which he held opponents to 38% through 130 attempts. Maybe 1 other player did this all last year.

        Check out this post to see why shot blocking doesn’t necessarily translate to effective rim protection: http://avb300.wordpress.com/

      • alabamacowboy - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Your blog is pretty good, and I’m just playing devil’s advocate here. The top 4 lineups Raduljica was used in included either the Greek Freak, Caron Butler, John Henson, or Ekpe Udoh. All 4 of those guys are in the top 21 of your list. So, while I will agree that his 38% is very good, we would both have to look at the film to see if he is truly the one contesting the shots as opposed to being in the general area. You only have to be within 5 feet of the rim to get credit. I would venture to say he is probably standing in the vicinity for a lot of those – as noted below he is very slow, I think he is benefiting from sharing the court with other guys who are elite for their position (Greek Freak, Henson, and Udoh namely).

        And as I mentioned he is indeed a HORRIFIC DEFENSIVE rebounder. Rebounding 13.7% of opponents misses is great if you play guard. If you are a 7′ tall center? Not so much. He is great on the offensive glass, which kind of evens his numbers up. Out of all centers averaging 10 minutes or more he was 2nd to last in DRB%.

        Also, 6.5 fouls per 36. He’s a foul machine. He puts people on the line. Again, decent role player. Basically a less athletic Robin Lopez. Should he be getting 8-10 minutes a game for somebody? Sure. But that’s about it. He’s mediocre at best.

        I’m ready for the NBA to start. I can’t believe I really just spent all this time waxing on MIROSLAV RADULJICA (Stephen A. voice).

  3. dluxxx - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    I’d like to see the Wolves give him a shot, but they already have a glut of talent at C. He’d be behind Pek, Dieng and Turiaf so I doubt they give him a look.

    Also, considering how little Dieng played last year, I’m really surprised to see him so high on the list. I’m really starting to get excited for the future of the Wolves. They’ll probably stink this year, but I think they’ll be knocking on the door in the next few years as the young talent starts to gel.

    At least I hope so…

  4. nothingeasyeverythinghard - Sep 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Miroslav is slow. He’s very slow. In fact, I don’t know that he was ever not the slowest player on the court for the entirety of his minutes last season with the Bucks. That said, he has plenty of potential and it saddened me that we traded him and that the Clippers waived him. The guy has a lot of potential, particularly in his offensive game. Someone needs to give Big Serbia a shot!

  5. iammr713 - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Lakers should sign him.. It’s not like we have a Center.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Plus, California’s a lot like Europe except for one thing: much better…beaches!

    • Sandro Fracca - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      I think he could give the Lakers some good minutes, but you guys need a starter. Was watching this guy at World Cup and he is a big body but a bit slow for NBA standards. Plays hard though. Probably better than Robert Sacre at this point.

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