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5 - Milenko Tepic

Serbia 

  • Birthday: 2/27/87
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 200
  • Team: Partizan Belgrade
  • Hometown: Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Euroleague Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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2009
NBA Comparison: Marko Jaric

Strengths: Tepic is a versatile combo guard with good size for the NBA ... Offensively he does not force anything and takes advantage of what the defense give him ... Possesses a natural feel for the game and solid basketball IQ ... He has tremendous experience playing in the Euroleague with Partizan since 2006-2007 season as well as playing for the Serbian National Team at all levels (he has won many gold medals at the youth level) ... Tepic is a very skilled player for his size and good ball-handler with either hand (protects the ball well) ... He is very patient with the ball playing lead guard and makes good decisions going against some of the toughest opponents in Euroleague (Spanoulis, Jasikevicius etc) ... He is an unselfish guard who loves setting up his teammates for open shots especially when penetrating to the basket; Possesses outstanding passing skills as well as vision and always tries to make the extra pass to his teammates for easy shots ... Showed the ability to finish under the basket with both hands ... Has the ability to beat defenders off the dribble due to his long first step and take advantage of smaller guards with his height ... Tepic improved his outside shooting and mechanics in the past year ... A much better shooter when coming off screens and when his feet are set ... Does a solid job of playing passing lanes and chasing his opponents throughout screens .. . Great attitude on and off the court.

Weaknesses:
Tepic is not a true PG and his PG ability likely wont transfer to the NBA ... The players similar to him (Planinic, Welsch etc have not had success in the NBA lately) ... Not quick, athletic and explosive enough to compete at the NBA level against bigger and stronger players ... Although he has improved, he is still an inconsistent shooter ... Defensively he struggles guarding quicker, more athletic and stronger opponents ... He has to work on his lateral quickness. A big area of concern ... Lack of upper body strengths and muscles also makes things tough for him ...

Stevan Petrovic - 6/18/2009

Strengths: Beginning to established himself as an excellent European player showing solid leadership qualities ... Took on a big role with Partizan this year and rose to the challenge ... His extraordinary size for a PG, combined with his ability to score with the jumper, make him a tough match up ... Rebounds the ball especially well from the PG position ... Very consistent for a younger player ... He can really shoot the ball as one can see by his 90% FT clip ... Very smooth all around game with a good feel and the ability to elevate his teammates play with quality vision and passing ability ... Creates mismatches. Uses his size well to see over defenders and also posts up smaller guards well ... Doesn't overpower opponents, but uses the pump fake well to get by his man ... Can take the ball off the dribble and finish or drop a dime ...

Weaknesses: Lacks the aggressiveness to take full advantage of his size and skill combination ... He could use a little more poise setting up his teammates as he managed too few assists for his position ... Doesn't hit the three ball with consistency. Has a good shooting form and touch but needs to extend his range: 32% he converted this year. ... Not blessed with stand out athleticism ... Lack of great foot speed hurts him especially defensively. He does not have good lateral movement, which will be exploited on the NBA level ...

Simon Dresden - 2/17/2008
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