Dzanan Musa's debut season at Real Madrid could not have gone any better. The 24-year-old had a memorable regular season, establishing himself as an outright starter and averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game, before playing a key role in Los Blancos becoming the 2023 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion. This was not Musa's first EuroLeague title success, having also been on the roster for Anadolu Efes Istanbul's triumph in 2021, but this time he was a major contributor and rightly earned plenty of plaudits for his exploits in the 2022-23 campaign. His efforts were recognized by EuroLeague head coaches and team captains, as well as the media and fans, prior to the Final Four as he was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team.
Tribute to the champs: Dzanan Musa
During the regular season, Musa earned MVP of the Round honors on three occasions – the second most of any player in the entire league. He joined Real as the Spanish League MVP following a breakthrough season at Rio Breogan and he took his game to another level in 2022-23, becoming one of the most feared players in the competition. He proved decisive in helping Real advance past Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade in the playoffs, scoring at least 10 points in four of the five games, including 20 in the do-or-die Game 5.
One of the hallmarks of Musa's play this season was his ability to get to the foul line, where he made a league-record 178 free throws. He also ranked 19th in the EuroLeague for two-pointers made (119) and 14th for three-pointers converted (63), which goes to show the impact that he had on a night-to-night basis. Add in the fact that Musa played all 41 possible games for Real in 2022-23 and there's no denying the impact that the Bosnian had on helping Los Blancos end their five-year wait to lift the EuroLeague trophy.