Nikola Topic

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: PGFROM: SerbiaHT: 6-6WT: 201
BORN: 8/10/05YEAR: Int.05WING: 6-5 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Another knee injury brings Topic’s draft stock into question. After a knee sprain in January Topic suffered a partially torn ACL in May. We wish Nikola all the best and a very speedy recovery.

A tough, strong point guard who has a low center of gravity and the size and strength to impose his will on the defense. He plays with his head up and has great passing vision and instincts and a unique ability to get defenders off balance.

Topic is more of a below the rim player who can absorb contact in the lane. He’s a very creative finisher who can score around the rim over length and has an uncanny ability to get into the lane, despite not having elite burst. Has a naturally strong frame and can absorb contact and finish through contact.

He has a good looking 3pt stroke and keeps the defense honest but is not yet a pure knockdown shooter. I believe in his jumper and think he’ll become a high level 3pt shooter at the NBA level.

Can go left or right and finish with either hand. His feel for passing the rock is special. He finds teammates with great timing and has a natural feel for the pace and space of play, how to draw the defense and hit teammates in rhythm. He uses ball fakes well and does a ton of little things to manipulate the defense.

After an incredibly product stint in the Adriatic League Topic stepped up to EuroLeague play but then missed time with an injury.

He isn’t an explosive vertical athlete and doesn’t have great length.

The knee injuries are concerning but he’s young and should be able to fully recover.


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2024 PG Rankings

  1. Nikola Topic – 6-6 – Serbia
  2. Rob Dillingham – 6-1 – Kentucky
  3. Carlton Carrington – 6-5 – Pittsburgh
  4. Tyler Kolek – 6-3 – Marquette
  5. Isaiah Collier – 6-3 – USC
  6. AJ Johnson – 6-5 – Illawara Hawks
  7. Tristen Newton – 6-5 – UConn
  8. Juan Nunez – 6-4 – Spain
  9. KJ Simpson – 6-2 – Colorado
  10. Jamal Shead – 6-1 – Houston
  11. Trey Alexander – 6-4 – Creighton
  12. London Johnson – 6-3 – G League Ignite
  13. Reece Beekman – 6-2 – Virginia
  14. Zyon Pullin – 6-4 – Florida
  15. Eric Gaines – 6-2 – UAB
  16. Boogie Ellis – 6-2 – USC
  17. Mark Armstrong – 6-2 – Villanova