Born in 1987, Vladimir is another member of that extremely talented Serbian generation, which weve spoken of ad-nauseum, so deep that he has only played with the National Team in the 2005 U-18 Championship, where he was a secondary guy. Chances are his role with be significantly bigger this summer at the U-20 stage.
Hes a 6-10 inside player who makes a living in the paint. Quite strong for his age, Stimac uses his big body perfectly in the low post, displaying nice moves and solid footwork, while enjoying an excellent ability to put the ball in the net around the basket, as he uses both hands and looks quite reliable with the semi-hook. Vladimir is a smart guy who makes good decisions and plays pretty well off the ball, while he enjoys good hands and shows a high level of activity on court. Thats how Stimac makes up for his limited athleticism, trying to make the most out of it with intensity and aggressiveness, which helps him tremendously on defense and rebounding, areas where he shows good positioning and the attitude to get the job done.
However, if we talk about potential, his athletic shortcomings and the fact that hes an undersized center are not the most intriguing combination. In simple words, he doesnt look like an NBA prospect at this point at all. Still, his emergence in the Baltic League was too spectacular to ignore here.