The Los Angeles Clippers lost a Hall of Fame point guard this summer.
While 30-year-old rookie Milos Teodosic won’t score, defend, or yell at his teammates quite like Chris Paul, his majestic passing leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.
NBA fans got their first look at the former EuroLeague passing wizard on Sunday night, as the Clippers opened their preseason in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors.
Teodosic, from Serbia, did not disappoint.
Here are some highlight-reel passes from Sunday night, including some bafflingly good dishes to All-Star big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
If Teodosic can make Wesley Johnson look like he belongs on a basketball court for even a few moments, he might actually possess magical powers.
5 mins into watching Milos Teodosic Clippers debut and he’s already one of the greatest passers I ever saw
— #UBum (@CalledMe_Buskey) October 2, 2017
The rookie had eight assists and two turnovers in just 25 minutes. He shot 0-for-5 from the field and notched a single point.
“Everybody that can score catches up to a passer,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said after his team fell 121-113. “There’s no coincidence that when Milos is on the floor, [Jordan] turns into Usain Bolt and was running down the floor full speed, because he wants to give you the ball.”
Teodosic has accomplished just about everything one can in European basketball.
Last year he led CSKA Moscow to the EuroLeague championship. In 2010, he was the EuroLeague MVP and the FIBA European Player of the Year. That same year, he and Clippers teammate Patrick Beverley helped Olympiacos to the Greek Cup, a feat Teodosic would repeat a year later without Beverley. He’s been selected to the All-EuroLeague First Team three times.
“I decided a long time ago that I wanted to play in the NBA, but I didn’t have that much chances because I was always under contract and I was not free agent,” Teodosic said. “This summer I was free and the first big opportunity was here with the Clippers.”