The San Antonio Spurs have had the best luck with selecting international talent in the NBA Draft. They drafted the likes of both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and both players have had significant NBA careers. In the 2014 NBA Draft, there is plenty of international talent present, and the Spurs will most likely target a few players from overseas.
Vasilije Micic will most likely lead this list, and with the last pick in the first round, he will be strongly considered by San Antonio.
Micic, who played for KK Mega Vizura of the Adriatic League last season, is a 6-f00t-5 point guard. The 200-pound guard has excellent size for his position, and this size could be useful in the Spurs’ offense. This size translates to useful versatility, as the Spurs showed the ability to go small with two point guards on the court during various times this season. Micic uses this size to see over the defense and also finish at the rim.
Micic’s biggest strength is that he is a pure point guard, using great vision and passing ability to make his teammates better. His unselfishness is quite evident from film, and this is mandatory to play for Gregg Popovich. Micic also possesses superior intangibles and a high basketball IQ that could fit perfectly on this San Antonio team.
Micic’s potential has often been questioned as he does not have a whole lot of upside. He does not possess elite athleticism, and his defense suffers from this. He also struggles to create his own shot in isolation situations, but the San Antonio offense can limit those weaknesses.
Micic’s passing ability, versatility and intangibles make him a very realistic candidate for the Spurs at pick No. 30. Patty Mills will be a free agent, and if the Spurs fail to resign him or bring in another point guard, Micic can round out San Antonio’s roster. If not, the Spurs can certainly stash Micic away in Europe, and bring him over to the NBA in a few years.