The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Montenegrin forward/center Bojan Dubljevic with the 59th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the next-to-last selection in the draft. With Kevin Love returning from injury, with the plan always being to bring back Nikola Pekovic and with the Wolves selecting Gorgui Dieng earlier in the draft, it was pretty clear from the get-go that Dubljevic was going to be stashed overseason, especially with him signing a contract extension with Valencia in the Spanish Liga ACB.
However, Dubljevic has been on display for the past week while playing for Montenegro at Eurobasket 2013. Though Montenegro is now out of the tournament after the preliminary round, the big center left a solid impression.
In his first two games, the 6’9” big man got off to a slow start. While playing 19 minutes per game he averaged just five points and five rebounds while shooting only a combined 4-19 from the floor. That definitely wasn’t what Minnesota wanted to see from their second-round pick.
However, in the final three games of the tournament, though, Dubljevic really hit his stride. In 27 minutes per game, he averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting a combined 16-35 from the field. He wasn’t other-worldly, but he undoubtedly showed he can be successful when given the opportunity.
Dubljevic will undoubtedly be left to develop in Europe over the next couple of season, as he probably should be. He needs to develop a better post-game, continue to refine his jump shot, and work on his rebounding skills. However, as the future of NBA teams is always uncertain. Dubljevic has shown that he is a valuable prospect for the Wolves.