Vasilije Misic was selected 52nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, he never appeared in an NBA game. The 6’5″ guard was disappointed.
In December 2020, along with Al Horford, Theo Maledon, and a 2025 first-round draft pick, Mikic was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Terrance Ferguson, Danny Green, and Vincent Poirier.
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Even then, Vasilije Mikic believes he hasn’t been given a fair chance in the league. Despite being traded to the Thunder, he still has never played in an NBA game. The 28-year-old Serbian admits one thing: it’s not about the money.
“I don’t really have a specific answer,” he replied when asked by a EuroHoops reporter why he didn’t sign with an NBA team.
“I don’t want to repeat myself; I’m telling the truth. And I have the desire to go to the NBA, but as you can see, things are not good. I always put basketball first in my decisions.
“I didn’t even chase the money I was making in Europe, which is hard to come by. And I never chase money, I never chase individual awards, but if I put a lot of effort into my game and get good results, I know that something should come in return, prizes and money…”
Vasilije Mikic says NBA teams are hesitant to give him the role he wants.
Mikic spent the past three seasons with Anadolu Efes, a Turkish professional basketball club based in Istanbul, Turkey. He enjoys playing in European leagues.
In the 2021-22 season, the guard averaged 18.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 28 games in the EuroLeague.
Moreover, Vasilije Micic thinks that his situation is related to the minutes of the game. If he signs with an NBA team, the guard will seek a more meaningful role. He doesn’t want to spend most of his time in the chair.
“To be honest, I haven’t talked to anybody personally,” Micic told Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. The two-time Euroleague champion said he will be offered a good contract if he wants to make an impact with an NBA team.
“What I heard from my agents was rumors about some teams,” Mickey continued. “Some teams were interested in me. As far as I’m concerned, people out there are reluctant to give me the roles I want. I was talking to Jokic, he’s the best player out there.”
“He said to me, ‘When you’re there, it doesn’t matter who you are, what matters is the role you get, whether they sign you and the money in return.’ Jokic is right. This explains why Vasilije Mikic is playing in another professional league.