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3 STEFANOVIĆ Lazar

Rank:3
Position
Shooting guard
Height
195cm/6'5''
Weight
80kg/176lbs
Current Team
BC Partizan
Age
1
Season:

Standing at 6’5, Stefanović has good size for his position. Beside size, Stefanović is very explossive guard with elite athletic predispositions. Versatile offensive player, aggressive driver to the hoop, specially when goes stronger side, solid shooter, but tends to take too tough shots. Runs the transition well with and without the ball. Sure ball handler, not so flashy though. Does good job on defensive end, has ability to lockdown players on perimeter. Has to improve shot selection and to work on his body, lacks of strength in upper part at the moment. Had very good EC with u16 NT in 2018.

Strengths

  • explosiveness and athleticism
  • transition game and finishing in fast breaks
  • aggressive 1vs1 defender
  • ability to score from various positions

Weaknesses

  • thin frame, could be stronger
  • occasionally bad shot selection
  • has to be more constant

Serbian players on ANGT Munich:

Underaged guard had important role again in Partizan’s backcourt. Ended tournament averaging 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 3apg. Stefanovic played both as a PG and SG on this tournament and showed good offensive awareness and all around potential. Has nice athletic potential, good vertical leap for a guard and high point of shot release. Played very well in first two games, but then slowed down in last two. Still struggles with the long range shot(21% 3p shot), which happened to be his biggest concern this season, despite having solid numbers on EC before season started. Solid mid range hitter, though, can score off the dribble and off the catch, too. Needs to work on shot selection, as well, likes to try way too tough shots. Stefanovic is a shifty and aggressive driver, can go both sides, not scared to attack inside, has good body control on finishing in contact and traffic. Can score in various ways in the paint. Improved PG skills and ball control, but still dribbles too much from time to time. Defensively good on ballhandlers, can press them fullcourt, long arms help him in stealing balls. Body is developing, has solid level of strength, but it can get better in the future.

U19 ABA League stage 1 review:

LAZAR STEFANOVIĆ– ’02 born guard was second best scorer in Partizan. Started off the tournament well, but slowed down in the end and had single digits in last 2 games. Ended tournament averaging 12.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8spg. 6’4 SG continued with good performances he started on u16 EC in August. After Tarlac’s injury and absence of Tanaskovic, he was one of the leaders of this team, along with Pazin, even though he is 2 years younger than competition age. Able to finish in various ways, also can create position for his teammates to score easy. Good ballhandling and size enables him to protect the ball very well. Had many good drives to the basket, made advantage thanks to quick and long first step. Stefanovic had very high percentage of mid range shots, but scored only 2 three pointers in 5 games. Has issues with long range shooting since beginning of the season. Played good on ball defense, had 1.8 steals per game(5 of them vs Olimpija). In many situations his good defense forced his opponent to made turnover, or else led his team to fast break. He found it very simple to use opportunity for transition game and turn it into points. Was very active on rebounding part, what made him second best rebounder of his team. Body is still developing, it should get stronger in coming years.

Statistics

SeasonTeamCompetitionPTSASTSTLBLKFGMFGAFG%3PM3PA3P%FTMFTAFT%OFFDEFTOPFRPGAPGSPGBPGPPGEFF
2019BC PartizanANGT Munich501261153345.531421.4111478.63191275.531.50.312.552
2018BC PartizanTRIGLAV u17 league12540251428351103529111765135934433.82.11.30.16.66.7
2018Serbian NTFIBA u16 EC9112412755491127412633794177731.70.60.11387