Mirotic12, I know that AEK is a good team, you don't have to prove that. That doesn't have anything with my claim that nobody talks about Atic right now because he isn't getting playing time in that club. At the same time, Musa is a regular part of the Cedevita rotation, and he is 2 years and 4 months younger than Atic. And that's the reason why he is in the spotlight. It's very simple.
Don't get me wrong, I like Edin Atic. Actually, I wrote on this forum about him.
He and Musa are similar to some degree: both of them are creative guards with a above average size for that position, both of them possess elite first step and both of them are great rebounders for their position.
Atic is shorter(6' 6.75'') but with a better length(6' 9.25" wingspan). With his narrow shoulders, that wingspan is all about his long arms.
Also, it seems like he is a slightly better athlete than Musa.
Here is a gif that shows how Atic uses his length and athleticism:https://media.giphy.com/media/p9GePPfFNpD44/giphy.gif
As for defense, Atic uses his long arms and gets in passing lanes. He is able to have 5 + steals in one game. And when he is focused, he can play really good defense. Musa in the other hand, while he isn't a huge stealer as Atic, is a more willing defender. He seems to enjoy playing aggressive defense. Again, maybe it just have something with his far better stamina:
Musa can play 30 + minutes day by day as a leader in the offense and as same time as aggressive defender, you can kick him, foul him hard, that kid always seems relaxed and rested. Incredibly. Atic just doesn't have that level of stamina(at least, not now), he isn't capable of playing intense in both sides of the floor in one game, so maybe that's the reason why he choose to turn into Harden mode in defence. Again, as I said that, when he is focused, he is a good defender.
Their attitude and behaviour on the court are very different. Musa is confident and competitive, but at same time very calm and with strong mind. Opposite fans can boo him, opposite players can trash talk him, there is no reaction. Atic often seems nervous and weak-minded, it's easy to provoke and disconcert him. His body language isn't good too.
So, Musa is in better physical condition and his mind is more mature, which means that he is more ready for professional basketball than Atic(obvioulsy, that's the reason why one of them plays for his club and other one not), although he is almost two and a half year younger. Maybe that doesn't say a lot for their long term ceiling
But, aspect of the game where Musa is far more superior to him and to all others European prospects on guard position is ball handling. Atic can handle the ball too, but he is all about right arm. He can finish with the left arm, but his handle with that arm is very poor. Thar's why he is a turnover prone sometimes. Musa seems like one of those rare people able to do everything on same level with both hands. I saw a thread on this forum how many SF in NBA are able to "break a ankle" of their defenders. Musa isn't a SF, but he is still 6'8.25'' player capable of doing this using mainly his left arm(he is a right - handed):https://media.giphy.com/media/XJCrZub8ogY1i/giphy.gif
As for shooting, it's hard to tell. None of them are bad shooters, but also not a great shooters. Still, potential is there, for every time one of them shoot 0/8 for three, there is a game where he had 4/7 for three. What worries me about Atic is his free throws. He misses ton on them. But maybe that also have something with his lack of concentration on the court.
In the end, it seems that except ball handling skills, there is only one thing what makes Musa better player than Atic, and it's attitude. Musa refused to sign for Olympiacos because they could not guarantee him playing time in this season, next season or ever basically. Atic was perfectly aware that he will not get playing time in AEK for at least one year, but huge contract they offered to him was perfectly enough reason to accept to sign for that club.
But attitude is not a unimprovable thing, especially for a 1997 born player. Atic needs a authoritative but patient coach to work with, he needs to work more on his mental approach than his basketball skills. He possess tools to become a great player, and I hope he will. But at this moment I'm more confident in Musa, just because he is so mentally strong. Of course, I really want that both of them succeed.