The new player comes from the D-League
The former basketball player of Wisconsin University Duje Dukan failed to get a contract in the NBA, so opted for European basketball and the next three years will perform in Cedevita from Zagreb. Power forward 206 cm tall has the previous season, the first in his professional career has spent in the NBA D-League, playing for Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
The new player of Cedevita was not selected in the NBA draft in 2015, but during the summer league in the jersey of the Sacramento Kings played some very good games, and got a non-guaranteed contract. However, as already mentioned, almost the entire season has spent in affiliation of the Kings, Reno Bighorns, and in the last game of the season has made his debut for the team from California. Regardless of the fact that in he played some excellent matches in D-League, Dukan failed to convince management of the Kings that is ready for the NBA. The player born in Croatia will thus a roundabout route to try to return to the best basketball league, and the Eurocup and ABA League may represent a solid springboard in further career of 25-year-old Dukan.
Duje Dukan is a polyvalent player who can play both on the forward position, but is primarily power forward. Plays face to the basket, and although may occasionally to play on the low post, it is not his strongest weapon. He is primarily a good shooter who does not enter often in the paint, although not run away of the contact, especially in defense. For its height and constitution possesses a solid ball control and often attack the rim of dribbling. Given that Cedevita in its roster has several young players on the power forward position, which are completely different player profile compared to Dukan, head coach Veljko Mrsic will be able to adapt to any opponent. With Dukan in the game will be able to stretch the opponent paint, which leaves room for guards and one on one plays. However, should be borne in mind that this is the first European experience in career of Dukan, and in the period of adaptation may have some problems.
Management of Cedevita is very agile this summer and has already engaged four reinforcements. Apart from Duje Dukan, to the club arrived and proven players like Scotty Hopson and Mirza Begic. There is also a young David Stockton, son of the legendary John Stockton, who had already played with Dukan in the Reno Bighorns. Undoubtedly, the aim of the club is the return to the Euroleague and high placement in the Eurocup. Most of the team will be together at the beginning of preparations for the new season, so the coach Mrsic will have enough time to prepare the team for temptations that await them.