Milos Teodosic is a gunner with great passing instincts. 58% of the Serbian’s 429 shots in 47 appearances in the Euroleague and the VTB United league were three-point attempts and he assisted on almost 31% of CSKA Moscow’s field goals while on the floor. Teodosic is an aggressive shooter and a very good one, hitting 39.4% of his 249 three-pointers and 39% of his 100 mid-range attempts in both leagues. He just barely elevates the ball a couple of inches over his head but releases it very quickly and with a very natural stroke, both off the catch and off the bounce. His confidence can lead to iffy shot selection, though.
Teodosic is not particularly fast turning the corner, especially when forced left, and doesn’t look to attack off the ball-screen much these days, rather preferring to look for teammates moving to open spots. He can see over smaller defenders thanks to his six-foot-five height and is quite aggressive with jump-passes. A risk taker and at times sloppy with his ball handling, Teodosic turned it over on almost 17% of CSKA’s possessions while on the floor. He posted the 10th highest turnover percentage in the Euroleague among point guards.
Of particularly great use attacking off curls, Teodosic has decent speed on straight line drives and uses his 210-pound frame to protect the ball in traffic but is mostly looking to pass out of dribble penetration. 47 of his 87 assists in the Euroleague were to scores at the rim. He took just 22 shots at the basket in 21 Euroleague appearances and 51 shots in the lane in 24 VTB United league appearances, aside from averaging fewer than 2.5 free throws per game. Teodosic doesn’t have the athleticism to play above the rim and had mixed results finishing within close range last season; 75% at the rim in the Euroleague but 39.2% in the lane in the VTB United league.
Overall, his passing and shooting positively impacted CSKA’s scoring. It averaged 3.6 points per 100 possessions more with Teodosic on the floor in the Euroleague, as it posted a higher assist rate and effective field percentage. CSKA scored 115.3 points per 100 possessions overall in the VTB United league but 117.5 with him in the lineup.
Teodosic does put in the effort in isolation defense; getting in his stance, displaying decent lateral quickness and overwhelming smaller opponents with his size advantage. But he is very poor fighting screens on the pick-and-roll, just crashing into the big and erasing himself out of the play. Towards the end of the season, Ettore Messina had Andrey Vorontsevich and Kyle Hines switching on Teodosic’s man to try neutralizing his deficiency. He was not active trying to manufacture turnovers, posting an average steal rate, but contributed on the glass, ranking in the top 15 in defensive rebounding rate among position peers in both leagues. He was still a minus on that end, though. CSKA allowed 4.7 points per 100 possessions fewer when he hit the bench in the Euroleague and it gave up 100.3 overall in the VTB United league but 104.9 with Teodosic on the floor.
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