Danté Exum guides Partizan Belgrade towards domestic and continental success
With Exum playing a key guard role, Partizan Belgrade is surging towards the EuroLeague postseason, and another Adriatic league title.
Credit: ABA League j.t.d / Dragana Stjepanovic
When Danté Exum joined Partizan Belgrade, he followed in the footsteps of Aussies like Aleks Maric, Nathan Jawai and Jock Landale. It was a curious move for an NBA veteran of seven seasons, who recently came off a productive season with Spanish heavyweights Barcelona. A betting man would have expected Exum to earn a prompt NBA recall, after making strides in domains like shooting and playmaking, but ultimately it wasn’t to be. The well-built point guard instead found an expanded role in Serbia, without giving up a shot at EuroLeague glory.
Throughout Partizan’s 2022-23 season, Exum has posted averages of 12.6 points and 3.2 assists in 21.7 minutes per game. Although his playing time doesn’t jump off the page, Exum has stepped up as a playmaker, to the point where he leads Partizan in season assists. Furthermore, the formerly injury prone guard has played 53 games of club basketball at the time of writing. NBA teams will be paying close attention to this figure, as they weigh up whether Exum is capable of playing out an 82 game season.
In terms of efficiency, the 27 year old is enjoying the best season of his career. In addition to posting an impressive 55.1% field goal percentage, he is making 43.6% of his 2.5 three-pointers on average. Exum hasn’t posted this sort of three-point volume since he was a rookie in Utah, making the percentages even more impressive.
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