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Why doesn't Bodiroga playing in the NBA? He was drafted 1995 as #51. Almost everybody in Europe think he's better than Dirk Nowitzki or Predrag Stojakovic. Isn't he the type of player, NBA scouts or coaches looking for?
 

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He's a bit slower than Stojakovic and he isn't as quick either, but he is the best pure scorer in Europe. But he lacks D, also his game is designed for European play, the NBA moves much faster and D has more emphasis. Also Dejan makes about 13 times what he would make on the Kings, why would a European superstar take less money and ruin his reputation. It's like if Sabonis had come over when he was young he would have been a great NBA player once he adapted, but instead he stayed in Europe and by the time he came to the U.S. it was to late to fully adapt and he, to an extent, ruined his rep as the best European player ever.
 

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Originally posted by <b>TheGoods</b>!
... Also Dejan makes about 13 times what he would make on the Kings, why would a European superstar take less money and ruin his reputation. It's like if Sabonis had come over when he was young he would have been a great NBA player once he adapted, but instead he stayed in Europe and by the time he came to the U.S. it was to late to fully adapt and he, to an extent, ruined his rep as the best European player ever.
Not every European player ruined his rep in the NBA. Do you remember Drazen Petrovic? IMO he is (until now) the best European player ever. In '85 and '86 he led Cibona Zagreb to two consecutive European titles before winning the Cup Winners Cup with Real Madrid in '89, when in one of the most memorable finals ever he scored 62 points in a 117-113 OT-victory against Snaidero Caserta. And he also flashed in the NBA. He led a mediocre team into the play-offs, leading the Nets in scoring and the NBA in three-point-percentage.
Playing in the NBA makes sense for an European superstar, if "there's nothing left to prove in Europe or in the basketball world" (Arvydas Sabonis). So Bodiroga also should play there.
 
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