Planinic, who is currently out with an ankle injury, is playing above expectations after getting little playing time with the New Jersey Nets in the past three seasons. He has proven to be a major mismatch at the European level thanks to his combination of size and ball-handling ability. Along with Luis Scola
, Planinic is a clutch performer in Tau Ceramicas title aspirations.
Planinic is starting at the Point for Tau Ceramica, but has been getting playing time at all the perimeter spots. In the NBA he was turnover prone and a poor defender, but in Tau Ceramicas system he is displaying very satisfying defensive effort by using his size to alter shots and collect steals.
On the offensive end, he showed his usual talent by making crisp passes and by taking the ball to the hole. His shooting is still inconsistent, due to his problematic shooting mechanics, but he has been able to keep his turnovers down.
The former first round pick made a good decision by returning to the Euroleague, given that his game is obviously better suited for European competition, where his size and technique has better use. Still, if he continues to play at a similar level, Planinic might get a chance to return to the NBA. The question is if he really wants it after a frustrating experience with the Nets.