He added that according to that, Partizan is among the top eight clubs in the EuroLeague. One and a half months later, the ABA League champion is out of even the play-in zone in the elite competition, and in the regional league, they have lost the advantage of home court in the finals.
A shocking defeat to Virtus in Bologna only confirmed what has been widely talked about – the black and whites lack a classic playmaker. Last season, Željko Obradović had only one true playmaker, and after the sudden departure of Jamal Murray, he decided not to have any this season.
Alternatively, he chose to have Aleksa Avramović and Pi J Douser cover that position, with support from other players in the backcourt. Against Virtus, we saw a real horror – the guards lost as many as 10 balls, Douser four, Avramović and Panter three each.
Also, the entire team had only eight assists compared to the opponent’s 19… From this perspective, the arrival of a compact playmaker seems ideal because he is best at exactly what Željko Obradović’s team is doing horribly. He is fast, penetrating, can easily create an advantage and distribute the ball, and is also dangerous in shooting.
The tall players would benefit, as well as the rest of the team, especially Kevin Panter, who struggles a lot and mostly has to create a shot opportunity on his own. It is unnecessary to speak about the pick and roll with Kaminsky, Leday, or Smailagic.
Ferrell was close to wearing the black and white jersey, but then everything practically fell apart overnight. His agent revealed that the stumbling block was Partizan’s offer, which did not satisfy his client.
It’s incredible that due to a certain amount of money, Jogi decided to go to Buducnost, because it obviously wasn’t a big difference. Meanwhile, Aleksa Avramović suffered a serious injury, which was another blow, so Partizan brought in Jaylen Smith – as unofficially reported, for 500,000 euros.
Smith is undoubtedly a solid player, but he is not a true point guard… Jogi shines in the ABA League and EuroCup. Jogi Ferrell is the best player of Buducnost, imposing himself as a leader in just seven games.
He averages 10.2 points and four assists in the EuroCup, while in the ABA League he is even better – 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. It is undeniable that he achieves these numbers in competitions that are not at the level of the EuroLeague and that the opponents are weaker, but it is obvious that Partizan’s failure to bring him was a mistake.
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