Dzanan Musa, a Bosnian forward of 2.06 m and only 22 years old (May 8, 1999), is a new player of the Breogán de Lugo River, a team recently promoted to the Endesa League. One way, that of the Lugo club, to knock on the door on their return to the ACB with the hiring of a player who has been written a lot and who is from the generation of Luka Doncic, from 1999, so they have been compared when both stood out in the lower categories. Something that was also done when the two made the leap to the NBA the same year, in 2018, but while one did not stop growing and dazzling from the beginning, the other was diluted until finally leaving the North American League. Last January he stopped at the Anadolu Efes, who in May was proclaimed champion of Europe, but he barely played in Europe despite signing an initial three-year contract. Now, he arrives in Lugo with the challenge of relaunching your career. A risky bet for the club, but a brave bet, because the player has talent.
Musa was trained in the lower categories of his native Bosnia, at Kos Mostar, at a very young age he signed for Cedevita Zagreb. His great progression, which he accompanied with three League titles and three Cup titles in Croatia, led him to be selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA draft in 2018 (at 29th place). With the Nets he played two seasons (4.3 points and 2 rebounds in 54 games), alternating with the development team of the franchise (Long Island Nets) before being traded to the Detroit Pistons. In January 2021 he arrived at the Turkish Efes, with which he averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in the League. In the Euroleague, just 12 total minutes in four games. There was debuted almost six years ago in the maximum continental competition on October 15, 2015 with the Cedevita shirt, he was only 16 years old, and he did it, precisely, just one day before Doncic, which premiered on October 16, 2015 on the Khimki track.
The Bosnian was named in 2015 Eurobasket U16 MVP. He also played in the U-17 World Cup and the U-18 European Championship and made his debut for Bosnia’s senior team in the qualifying round for Eurobasket 2017.
“Musa has good ball handling and scoring resources, both from the outside and on penetration. The player expressed his ambition to relaunch his career with Río Breogán”, He explains in his statement in the Lugo club.
The parallel with Doncic
Being a contemporary Muse of Doncic and having parallel careers, the comparison was always there. The role of Bosnian in the training categories was groundbreaking at the time: Top scorer of the U-16 European Championship in 2014 and 2015, achieving the title in the second attempt, top scorer of the Eurobasket U-18 of 2016 and a great World Cup that last year in which even scored 50 points in a match against China-Taipei. In the move to professionalism everything changed, because in many scouting reports in 2018 the names of Doncic and Musa were almost on par. They ended up being the only Europeans chosen in the first round that year alongside Moritz Wagner.
When the parallelism with Doncic came to the NBA, because they were companions of generation, origin, appearance and age, he made the League itself will publish a documentary, Something In The Water, in which it was about, also with others like Vlade Divac and Goran Dragic, the rupture of the former Yugoslavia, its diaspora and the reconstruction in terms of basketball.
Dzanan Musa left very interesting reflections in a promotion interview that he did for Sports Illustrated, which we remember in the following lines:
Drazen Petrovic: “When he scored a basket, it looked like he had scored a goal. He had a lot of love for basketball. He was a hero.”
The insults he received for being a Muslim: “I was a 16-year-old boy when I heard the insults. It affected me a lot. I didn’t even play, I spent 40 minutes sitting on the bench and my team lost. The fans were insulting me from behind and throwing things at me. You have to get used to it. be the target of criticism when you are in a foreign country. “
USA: “Maybe he’ll buy me a tiger, like Mike Tyson did.”
Rebuilding Bosnia after the war: “The people of Yugoslavia have a self-discipline that is not seen in other countries. We are children of the war. I was born when it was over, but I felt it because my father was in the army and was responsible for 2,000 soldiers. You see people dying all the time, it is logical to have emotions on the surface. We have something that no one can describe because the horror and terror of the war made us stronger. “