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NBA DRAFT 2014 TOP EUROPEAN LEAGUE PROSPECTS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 18:22

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-                   NBA 2014 DRAFT TOP EUROPEAN LEAGUE PROSPECTS

-        SARIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

1. Dario Saric - Croatian - Anadolu Efes - Turkey - 6' 10" - 230 - 1994 - SF-PF

EUROJOHNBBALL thinks that Dario Saric is the only player in the 2014 NBA draft that can control a game in the same way Dejan Bodiroga used to, as both shake big guys off the dribble from the top of the key, can post smaller players up, can stick the deep shots and Dario Saric can make others around him better, with the ability to play the Point Forward role, just like the Serbian Dejan Bodiroga did in his great European career. NBA GM's might regret not taking Saric 5 years from now, but with Saric leaving Cibona and signing a 3 year deal with Turkish, Euroleague squad Anadolu Efes, the quickest he could come to the NBA is after 2 years in Turkey, so the Sixers 10th pick would be perfect, as Philadelphia is building for the future and if they are patient, they could have a 6 foot 10 inch TRIPLE TREAT, that can control a game on the offensive end and at the age of 25 years old will be talked about as the VERSATILE guy that got away from NBA teams.

EUROJOHNBBALL knows if the Spurs had the 10th pick, they would grab the 20 year old Croatian and after two seasons of DEEP EUROLEAGUE PLAY, Saric will be even tougher and better than he already is. At only 20 years of age, Saric has many accomplishments, winning the U-16 Euro MVP in 2010 and leading Croatia to Gold, MVP of the Euro U-18 in 2012 and again leading Croatia to Gold, leading Cibona to a Croatian title in 2013 and named MVP along with winning MVP of the Adriatic League in 2014 and leading Cibona to the title also winning the MVP of the Final, NOT BAD for a 19 and 20 year old player versus older and mature players, TAKE NOTE NBA - 6 foot 10 inch TRIPLE THREAT only comes along every 15 years.

Saric averaged 16.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 32.9 minutes in Adriatic league this year and 19.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists in 31.0 minutes in Croatian A1 league play, along with 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists in 32.2 minutes in Eurocup play.

 

-                        NURKIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

2. Jusuf Nurkic - Bosnian - Cedevita - Croatia - 6' 11" - 280 - 1994 - Center

The soon to be 20 year old Bosnian Center moves well for his 280 pound size and some compare him to Montenegrin NBA center Nikola Pekovic of the Twolves.  EUROJOHNBBALL is not ready to put Nurkic in the BEAST MODE LOW POST GAME of Nikola Pekovic, but with the lack of good NBA centers, the Bosnian BIG MAN will get a good look from NBA teams and could go in the top 10 picks.  Nurkic has good hands and will start for an NBA team, if not the first season, the Bosnian will be playing big minutes by his second NBA season, EUROJOHNBBALL just hopes the team he goes to will actually feed the post and use him on pick and roll dives to the bucket, as most NBA teams now just JACK UP 3 PT SHOTS like the Houston Rockets SMALL BALL MENTALITY, who rarely gave Donatas Motiejunas a post-up play to use his good back to the basket moves, or when Motiejunas dove to the bucket off pick and roll, Houston guards JACKED UP DEEP SHOTS.   Nurkic can play, just hope he goes to a Spurs type of mentality that knows how to use NBA big men.

Nurkic averaged 11.7 points in JUST 16.6 minutes, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 blocks in Adriatic league play, 11.5 points per game in JUST 15.5 minutes, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks in Croatian A1 play and 8.9 points in 14.5 minutes, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in Eurocup play this season.

 

-            BOGDANOVIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

3. Bogdan Bogdanovic - Serbian - Partizan - Serbia - 6' 6" - 205 - 1992 - SG

EUROJOHNBBALL says Bogdan Bogdanovic is the most EXPLOSIVE scorer in the NBA draft from Europe this season and if NBA teams had concerns on the confident Serbian SG, his Serbian Finals performance might have SEALED ATICKET IN THE NBA FIRST ROUND, as he led Partizan to the KLS Title, scoring not one, not two, but THREE games of 30 plus points, something not seen in the European top leagues, with the team concept approach. Bogdanovic had a 33, 34 and a 36 point game and his ability to stick the DEEP 3 PT SHOT, while also being able to get his own shot and having 6' 11" inch length with his reach will be a selling point to teams in NBA that have concerns of Euros on the defensive end. Bogdanovic played well in the DEEP Euroleague this year and took over a game versus NBA LEVEL CSKA Moscow with 27 points to lead Partizan to the win.

Bogdanovic and Nik Stauskas, who is projected with the 10th pick by NBA Mock drafts, have similar games, but Stauskas has short arms and has trouble on defense getting a hand in the face of shooters and the UPSIDE of Bogdanovic might be better than Stauskas, but NBA teams are hesitant to take Euro players over guys they have seen in NCAA play, but with Spurs having 30th pick in round one, if he is there, the Euroleague based Spurs will snatch him up.

Bogdanovic led Partizan in Euroleague play with 14.8 points, making 37 percent on deep looks, 3.7 assists, 31.0 min and 14.8 points, 3.7 assists, 30.9 min in Adriatic league play and 16.1 points, 3.9 assists, 28.0 min in Serbian league play.

-                         CAPELA VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

4. Clint Capela - Switzerland - Chalon - France - 6' 10" - 225 - 1994 - PF

Projected with a late first round NBA pick in the 2014 draft by most Mock drafts, played in the French LNB league and competed in Eurocup play with Chalon and won most improved player in the French LNB for the 2014 season. Capela has good athleticism and is a good rebounder, but NBA teams will pick him for his potential future. Not the shot blocker that Serge Ibaka is and only shot 47.6 percent in Eurocup play from the FT stripe and 58.2 percent in French LNB play, but the Thunder might take Capela to help on the inside for future upside with the 29th pick in this NBA draft.

Capela averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 19.4 minutes of Eurocup play and 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 22.0 min in French LNB play.

 

-                  GENTILE VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

5. Alessandro Gentile - Italian - EA7 Milano - Italy - 6' 7" - 230 - 1992 - SF

EUROJOHNBBALL compares Italian SF Alessandro Gentile to a younger Andres Nocioni, as Gentile has the same stocky body type, that will take the ball hard to the basket, while also being able to stick the deep 3 pointer. Gentile probably will stay in Europe, where he could get more touches and be a starter on big clubs competing for European titles, if Gentile did go to the NBA, of course the Spurs would be perfect, but must find the right team to fit his attack the basket style. Is a good shooter, but if he is stuck in the corner in the NBA, like most NBA teams do to Euros, then his best bet is to stay in Europe.

Playing in the Italian 2014 Finals with EA7 Milano and led them in game 6 with 23 points, 7 rebounds, on 10-18 FG, 2-3(3PT), 1-2 FT to force a game 7 against Montepaschi to be played on June 27th.

Gentile averaged 11.4 points, 2.4 FT in 24.5 minutes of Euroleague play and 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds in 24.1 minutes of Italian league play this season.

 

-                     THANASIS A. VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

6. Thanasis Antetokounmpo - Nigerian -Greek - NBADL - 6' 6" - 205 - 1992 - SF

Played in NBADL with the Delaware 87ers in 2013-14 after playing in Greece with 2nd division club Filathlitikos during the 2012-13 season. Has very good defensive ability and can make an NBA club that is looking for a defender on the wings, can jump with the best and the NBA open court game should be a perfect fit for him. Brother of Millwaukee Bucks 2013 NBA First Round pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and joining his brother on the Bucks would be great for both. Could improve his overall offensive skills, but defense is what will get him an NBA spot.

Thanasis averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game with Delaware in the NBDL in 2014.

-                           JOKIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

7. Nikola Jokic - Serbian - Mega Vizura - Serbia - 6' 11" - 255 - 1995 - Center


-                           INGLIS VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

8. Damien Inglis - French - Roanne - France - 6' 9" - 240 - 1995 - SF/PF


-                            MICIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

9. Vasilje Micic - Serbian - Mega Vizura - Serbia - 6' 6" - 200 - 1994 - PG


-                        TAVARES VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

10. Walter Tavares - Cape Verdean - Gran Canaria - Spain - 7' 3" - 265 - 1992 - Center


-                     PAPAPETROU VIDEOS- MIX - MIX - MIX - MIX

11. Ioannis Papapetrou - Greek - Olympiacos - Greece - 6' 8" - 230 - 1994 - SF


-                         KLIMENKO VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

12. Artem Klimenko - Russian - Avtodor - Russia - 7' 0" - 245 - 1994 - Center


-                         DANGUBIC VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

13. Nemanja Dangubic - Serbian - Mega Vizura - Serbia - 6' 8" - 195 - 1993 - SG


-                            SILINS VIDEOS - MIX - MIX - MIX

14. Ojars Silins - Latvian - Reggio Emilia - Italy - 6' 9" - 215 - 1993 - SF

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