It has taken only three seasons in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket and FC Barcelona's Brandon Davies to cement themselves among the best pivotmen in Europe. Though their games are somewhat different – Davies is a powerful low-post player who rarely strays outside, while Dubljevic is an outstanding perimeter shooter who can make a living off the pick-and-pop – both are difference-makers who cause opposing big men and their coaches to prepare well for these battles.
As can be seen from the graphic, Davies is a more efficient scorer overall, but only because he takes so many of his shots closer to the basket. Dubljevic is actually a better shooter on two-pointers, but his field goal numbers are lower because nearly a third of his shots come from behind the three-point line. Since he made his EuroLeague debut, Dubljevic is second in three-point accuracy among centers.
The Valencia man is also a better scorer with 13.0 points over his 60 career EuroLeague games, compared to 11.1 in 100 games for Davies. Dubljevic has posted 5.5 rebounds per game to edge Davies's 4.3. On the other hand, Davies's power game has wreaked havoc on opposing teams and his 0.5 blocks per game are more than double Dubljevic.
When it comes to head-to-head matchups, two very distinct patterns emerge; Dubljevic has posted bigger numbers, but Davies's teams win. They first met in 2017-18, when Davies made his EuroLeague debut as a Zalgiris player.
Dubljevic posted a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) to Davies's 10 points and 5 rebounds as Zalgiris won their first meeting in Valencia, 63-71, in December 2017. A month later, Davie posted 8 points and 5 boards to lead his team to an 86-82 victory. Dubljevic had his worst night against Davies in that game with just 3 points and 2 rebounds in 10 minutes.
Last season they met twice more with Davies now with Barcelona. The first clash was in Round 5 in which Dubljevic tallied 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals off the bench, however, Barcelona triumphed 83-77 with Davies contributing 8 points and 7 boards. In Round 23, the pattern remained with Dubljevic going for 14 points and 13 rebounds in a 76-77 loss. Davies posted 5 points and 2 rebounds in defeat.
Will this season see Dubljevic final get his first win against Davies? Will it see Davies finally have a monster game against Dubljevic? We may have the answer to that question already on Tuesday!