Dzanan Musa profile
Drafted #29 in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Nets
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Position: SF
Hometown: Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Current Team: Real Madrid
Win - Loss: 2 - 0
Dzanan Musa Interview - Adidas Eurocamp


2017 adidas Eurocamp: Day Two

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Jun 10, 2017, 06:31 pm
Last measured at the 2015 EuroCamp at 6'8.25 in shoes with a 197-pound frame and a 6'8.25 wingspan, Dzanan Musa measured 6'9 with a 6'8.5 wingspan while tipping the scales at 195-pounds.  Musa's lack of great length is a concern at the NBA level, but he offered some answers to those questions about his defensive ability and approach today playing with great intensity and awareness in the final game of the day.  Willingly getting his teammates involved and showing the type of unselfishness and maturity that scouts want to see from him, Musa didn't post huge numbers, but had an extremely positive performance nonetheless guiding his team to a blowout win, doing a number of little things to help them come out victorious. 

Dzanan Musa adidas EuroCamp Interview

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Jun 10, 2017, 05:24 am
Bosnian wing Dznana Musa talks about his experience at the adidas EuroCamp, the season he just had in Cedevita, his background in basketball, his love for Kobe Bryant, and the type of player he is and wants to become.

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Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Jun 07, 2017, 04:31 pm
Musa, who was 17 years old for most of the regular season, averaged an impressive 9.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for Cedevita, seeing regular rotation minutes in EuroCup and Adriatic League play.  Among the most hyped international draft prospects in recent memory, Musa had a prolific, but less than efficient showing at the FIBA U18 European Championship, where he averaged 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game after a dominant showing at last summer's FIBA U17 World Championships.  A confident, aggressive scorer with instincts well beyond most players his age, Musa is a dynamic creator and shot-maker who will be tested against the talented group of prospects assembled here. NBA scouts love Musa's scoring instincts, but there are some question marks about how his average athleticism, hunched frame, and ball-dominant style of play will translate against better players. Make no mistake, though, Musa is one of the top prospects at this camp and might be watched more closely than any player in attendance.

2016 FIBA U18 European Championship Scouting Reports: Wings

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Dec 30, 2016, 03:55 pm
Dzanan Musa, 6'8", 17.6 years old, Small Forward, Cedevita, Bosnia
-Has good size for the wing. Upper body is improving.
-Tremendous scoring instincts.
-Really good ball-handler. Uses big wide crossovers on the perimeter. Uses hang dribbles to get into his pull-up. A lot of change of speed to his game, driving in either direction.
-Excellent shooter off the dribble. Can make pull-up 3s out of isolation situations
-Has a knack for drawing fouls. Uses his body well to create space to minimize his lack of explosiveness at this level. Not afraid of contact. Goes straight into the teeth of the defense
-Has good chemistry with his teammates.
-Plays with a lot of heart. Competitor who wants to win

-Just an average athlete
-Really struggled to create high percentage looks against better defenders. Forced to overdribble at times and settle for very difficult looks inside the arc.
-Relies heavily on his ability to draw fouls to score efficiently, something that won't be as easy as the level of competition increases
-Not a great finisher around the basket since he isn't usually able to gain a great deal of separation from defenders inside the paint.
-Runs into brick walls and is very turnover prone. 4.8 per-40 at the U18s. Has been the case his whole career.
-Indifferent defensively for the most part. Does not have great length, nor high-level lateral quickness.
-Very hunched over on both his drives and defensive stance.
-High-level shot-maker, but more of a volume shooter than an efficient one at this stage, and really hasn't been anywhere he's played. Made just 21% of his 3s at the U18s. Career 28.5% 3-point shooter in 105 games in DX database.
-Body language gets very questionable when things aren't going his way.

Outlook: Helped Bosnia to a very respectable sixth place showing, just narrowly missing qualifying for the U19 World Championship in the final game. Did not have a great tournament by his standards, but important to note that he was playing up a year in age group. Was the focal point of the team and stayed efficient by drawing fouls in bunches like he almost always does. Worst games came against the best competition he faced in the tournament, France, Lithuania, Spain. Beat up on Finland, Latvia and Israel with 20+ point games. Major question marks about how what he does will translate to the NBA level considering his hunched style of play and average explosiveness. Will need to continue to improve his 3-point percentages and defense, but impossible to teach his knack for scoring and the very unique speed he plays at.

Matchup Video: Dzanan Musa vs Olimpija Ljubljana

Bogdan Karaicic
Bogdan Karaicic
Dec 07, 2016, 09:58 am
Bogdan Karaicic takes a closer look at 17-year old Cedevita wing Dzanan Musa's 26-point in 24-minute performance against Olimpija Ljubljana in the Adriatic League. The well-regarded Bosnian teenager had one of the highest scoring performances in Adriatic League history for a player his age, and was able to do so on just 14 shots, while committing only a single turnover.

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2016 FIBA U17 World Championship Scouting Reports: Wing Players

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Jul 09, 2016, 10:37 am
Dzanan Musa, 6'8, SG/SF, Cedevita, 1999

-Extremely talented ball-handler and shot-creator. Essentially played point guard for Bosnia. Plays at a different speed than other players his age. Sees the game at a very high level
-65% of his offense came in pick and roll, isolation or transition situations at the U17s
-Can find the open man off the dribble. Good court vision and highly creative passer when he wants to be. Makes pinpoint passes into the post or pushing ball ahead in transition
-Gets low with the ball, changes speeds and directions. Solid first step. Can string together some really complicated sequences with the ball
-Can reject the ball screen and get to the rim driving either direction
-Tough shot-maker. Finds a great deal of offense pulling up off the dribble, even beyond the 3-point line. Has excellent touch
-Also makes shots with feet set
-Can rise up over the top of a defender and knock down touch jumpers
-Finishes with either hand creatively around the basket
-Tremendous overall scoring instincts. Career 28 points per-40 in FIBA play.
-Has a knack for finding rebounds coming off the defensive glass
-Hot blooded player. Extremely competitive. Teammates on Bosnia seem to like playing with him.

-Has developed a strange and concerning hunch in his back that could become a real issue long term. Perpetually hunched forward in his stance. Something he needs to address immediately
-Somewhat of a one man show. Wants to go one on one every time, making him fairly predictable. Struggled badly in the 1/8th finals against an unimposing Australia team that finished the tournament in 7th place (34 points on 34 possessions)
-Volume scorer. 55% career TS% in FIBA competition
-Averaged more turnovers than assists at the U17s. Career 1/1 assist to turnover ratio
-Did his best work of the tournament against the worst teams (50 points against Taiwan for example, 36 against Korea, 32 and 34 vs Dominican Republic). Was 4/18 vs France
-Lacks a degree of strength and explosiveness as a finisher around the basket in traffic. Struggles to finish over length. Will he be able to finish effectively inside the paint against legit rim protectors in the pros?
-Drives into the teeth of the defense frequently without a plan, finding mixed results
-Can he be effective without monopolizing the ball exclusively the way he did for Bosnia?
-Extremely reactive on the court. Body language is very poor. Stares down the referees every time he's unable to score. Some real concerns about his attitude. Has made some very controversial statements in the press indicating a real lack of humility and self-awareness
-Mostly indifferent defensively, which is not surprising considering the heavy load he was asked to shoulder. Wingspan (6'8 ¼) measured the same as his height. Hunched forward in his stance, making it difficult for him to stay in front of quicker players.

Outlook Widely considered the top talent in the 1999 European generation. Already saw minutes for Euroleague team Cedevita despite only being 16. Undoubtedly a tremendously skilled offensive player with outstanding instincts for putting the ball in the basket and finding the open man. Nonetheless, some real concerns about how that will translate to higher levels, especially if his attitude doesn't improve. Will his back be a cause for concern down the road?

The Top Ten Performers at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship

Julian Applebome
Julian Applebome
Jul 08, 2016, 05:49 pm
#1) Dzanan Musa, 6'8, Small Forward, 17.1 years old, Bosnia

EWA: 3.7
PER: 43.3
TS%: 58.7%
34.0 PTS, 8.1 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.4 STL, .9 BLK, 16-48 3P, 74-106 FT

Dzanan Musa followed up his 2015 U16 MVP performance with another impressive individual display through seven games at the U17s, posting not only some of the best numbers seen at the event, but also some of the best we've seen in tournament history dating back to 2010.

Musa led the tournament in scoring at 34 PPG (the tournament's best rate ever ahead of Rui Hachimura's 22.6 in 2014) and poured in 50 vs. Chinese Taipei. He showed off his entire offensive arsenal over the course of the tournament, demonstrating impressive guard skills for a 17-year-old 6'8” swingman. He continued to show improvement in his jump shot, knocking down 2.3 per game on nearly seven attempts. Musa exceled on the offensive end using his length and ball handling ability to make plays out of the pick and roll, and to get to the rim nearly at will both in the half court and in transition, averaging an impressive 15 free throw attempts per game.

At just 17 years old, Musa has been very impressive on the international stage at the junior level, and now will need to show his style of play can translate to the professional ranks. Last season Musa came off the bench and played roughly 12 minutes per game for Cedevita, a Croatian Club that played in both the Euroleague and Adriatic League. Musa has shown that he can dominate players his own age, and his professional development is definitely something to monitor down the road.

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2015 adidas Eurocamp Measurements and Athletic Testing Results

Jun 08, 2015, 03:01 pm
Dzanan Musa, the 1999-born small forward who dominated the one game he played here, measured 6'7.25 without shoes with a 6'8.25 wingspan and 187-pound frame. Musa doesn't have great length, but possesses nice height and a frame that should fill out nicely over time.

2015 adidas Eurocamp: Day Two

Jun 07, 2015, 03:26 pm
Though NBA scouts only had the opportunity to watch him for a few hours, there's no question that Dzanan Musa left a lasting impression on those in attendance. Born in Bihac, Bosnia, but currently playing at the junior level for Croatian power Cedevita Zagreb, Musa is a 6'8 small forward with tremendous all around skills and potential. Leading the 2014 FIBA U16 European Championships in scoring at 22 points per game, despite being one of the youngest players in attendance, Musa poured in 23 points as the adidas Next Generation squad defeated the Benetton U17 team in an extremely competitive and entertaining game.

Already possessing good size and length for the small forward position, Musa looked to assert himself early and often in this game. Flashing a complete offensive game, the smooth, skilled swingman knocked down a number of pull-up jump shots, used his quick first step to get to the rim, and even made some plays on the pick and roll. Finishing the game shooting 6-7 from inside the arc, 1-3 from deep, and 8-8 from the line, Musa was simply outstanding, even showing a willingness to get other players involved despite his success scoring on his own. He has excellent court vision, particularly on the pick and roll, and an advanced understanding of the game for a player so young. Though his catch and shoot jump shooting still has some room to improve, his floor game and shot making ability are extremely impressive for a player who can't even declare for the draft until 2018. He came into this camp with a reputation for being the top talent in the 1999 generation, and did nothing to dispel that notion in Treviso.

As good as Musa was offensively, he was also quite impressive defensively, leading the game in rebounding while playing aggressive perimeter defensive, getting in a low stance, and effectively contesting a number of shots.

An exceptionally mature and polished player despite having never stepped on the floor at the senior level, Musa is a player we'll no doubt be hearing from again down the road. Already carrying himself like an NBA player, he has a degree of confidence (some would say arrogance) which makes him an absolute monster in settings like these against players his own age.

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