2020-21 NBA Draft: Interesting European Prospects

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Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries, Aleksej Pokusevski, Golden Dike, Santi Aldama, Timothe Crusol, Yam Madar, Mario Nakic, Franz Wagner and Joel Ayayi.

By: Kuzey Kılıç

Maxime Carene – Limoges – F

Strengths

Our first European prospect is Maxine Carene. Versatile and two-way wing player with explosive athleticism. Great physical attributes and nice size for his age. Can combines speed, court vision, power at a, almost, elite level. Good leaper. Has a smooth ISO and dribble skills. Aggressive when attacking around the rim and perimeter zone. Has a quick first and soft second steps. Can finish at the basket over bigger defenders. Good passer and rebounder. Well recovers after a rebound in transition. Average ball handler. Elite PnR player. Lateral and vertical. Good for can guard perimeter zone and around the rim. Engine is always work.

Weaknesses

Mechanics need some majör work specially for the three-point, just an average shooter. Need to be more polished perimeter player. Has to work on adding some post moves, off ball motions (ex: baseline cut), and 51 Runner to his arsenal. His decision making mechanism is average. Bad off ball defender.

Golden Dike – Loyola – PF

Strengths

Next European prospect is Golden Dike. Very high basketball. Really un-guardable in paint area. Hard worker. Good rebounder. Amazing passer for his size. Can reading positions very well. Not explosive but so smooth, quicker and smart athleticism. Quick and powerful second jump. Good PnR roll man and handler. Some post position (turnaround hook shots with both hands) very well. Effective around the rim. Good footwork. Monster of rim protector and good perimeter defense.

Weaknesses

Lacks a reliable shooting. Average for mid-range but three-point… Not good. Should work on shot. Overall body appearance is good, but he needs to lose weight. Average court vision.

Keye Van Der Vuurst De Vries – Oostende – SG

Strengths

Keye has amazing basketball IQ. Great passer, wide court vision and rarely makes a bad decision. Does a great things of changing speeds perimeter zone when coming off ball screens, chin line or in isolation. Does a good job of finding dribble, pass and shoot angles. Dangerous finisher in the mid range zone but average three point shooter. Great facilitator in transition. Aggressive for off ball motions. Quick guard. Good hand&eye coordination. Has exceptional court vision. Selfless. Works extremely hard on defense. Average perimeter defender. Can guard PG and SG. Good on ball defender. Smooth athleticism.

Weaknesses

Shooting. Problem of timing and footwork in his mechanism. His confidence in threes is low. Sometimes he not using the open three and dribble. Lack of explosive ability. Slight of frame. Lack of eaping ability make hard for him to finish around the rim. Not a good switch defender.

Aleksej Pokusevski – Olympiacos – PF

Strengths

Versatile PF. Plays with a high motor. Very very dangerous pick&roll and pick&pop thanks to his ability three-point/mid-range shooting, layup IQ and pull up mechanism. Smooth and explosive athleticism. Good on post zones. Average passer and court vision. Good handler for his size. Can finish with both hands around the rim. Can create spacing for teammates. Good size and frame but he must gain muscle. Fast hand&foot coordination. Decent rebounder. Good on switch defense.

Weaknesses

Off ball motions and engine are bad. Sometimes his decision making mechanism really really worst. Struggle to create position against stronger bigs. Not a good rim protector and perimeter defender.

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Mario Nakic – Real Madrid – SG

Strengths

Another European stands out his elite transition play both scoring and passing. Usually smooth sometimes explosive athleticism. Very shifty with the ball. Great shooter. Has good mechanics with a quick release and high release point. Effective catch&shooter and average pull up shooter. Has a lethal step-back jumper. Unguardable driver on the top zone. Has a great reverse spin on the baseline to around the basket. Attacks the rim fearlessly off the bounce when can finish bully above the rim. Quick footwork. Good body control and balance. Has a impressive physically base. Muscle, fat ratio, width…

Weaknesses

Here we are. Yes, he’s a good scorer but he changes from match to match in passing, rebounding and defending. This is not about stability. About the engine. Sometimes he despises his teammates. So he doesn’t focus much on anything other than scoring. QUESTIONABLE CHEMISTRY

Joel Ayayi – Gonzaga – F

Strengths

Athletic forward with a versatile skill set. Strong body. Focus, energy, engine and intensity are impressive. Average three-point shooter but really good mid-range scorer. Has a good shooting mechanism; arc, timing and footwork. Moves well off ball motion. Can finish above the rim with aggressive. Promising passer. Has a wide court vision and high rebound IQ. Dangerous on pick&roll games. Monster of rim protector. Good defensive skills on perimeter and post zones.

Weaknesses

Length. He has good physique, fat ratio, muscle etc. But he’s short to play PF or SF. Off ball defensive motor. Game reading. Decision making mechanism. Not one clear thing that does elite for the next level.

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Franz Wagner – Michigan – PF

Strengths

If you have C who can’t shoot, Franz is a player you’ll definitely want. Mobility, speed, mid-range, pull up, three-point shooting, catch&shoot or dribble shooter role… Very very large offensive repertoire. Uses pump fakes efficiently to get open looks. Good rebounder. Can finish above the rim with smooth. High basketball IQ and engine. Can play SF, PF, C. Great balance, footwork and body control when dribble/play ISO. Can adapt off ball games. Good passer and ball handler. Solid size, IQ and athleticism give him the skills to be an excellent defender, with the option of allowing him to guard the 2, 3 or 4 positions.

Weaknesses

Good athlete, but lacks explosive athleticism. Not good when he has to change direction going south-north. Not a transition player. Average ISO player. Lack of shoulder and chest muscle. Can improve as a scorer arond the baseline.

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Santi Aldama – Loyola – SF

Strengths

His all-around offensive package game style makes him a multi-dimensional scorer as he has a fundamentally sound high arching shot in which he needs to be respected from beyond the arc, as well as being able to pull up from the mid-range. Good footwork and hesitation moves. Feel of game is amazing. Can create own dribble way. Acrobatic rim moves. Good off-ball mentality. Amazing perimeter defense always, and smart moves. Great rebounder for his position.

Weaknesses

Shooting mechanics should develop a little bit more and be confident. Need to continue to work on his body. Motor is questionable, sometimes.

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Yam Madar – Hapoel Tel Aviv – PG

Strengths

As a talented European guard with a prototypical skill&set for the leader scorer. A gifted jump shooter. An amazing scorer but also his skills to create off the dribble results in open floors for teammates. Good passer. Amazing IQ and court vision. Uses screen well on&off ball motions. Has an unguardable ISO skills. Fast hands. Good body coordination. Very smooth ball-handling ability. Quick killer in the perimeter. Can also shoot off the dribble. Solid defender, good in perimeter.  Good lateral quickness and length. Good size and frame for his generation.

Weaknesses

Has improved decision making mechanism. Questinoble defensive engine. Not a great leader. Plays a little ball dominant.

Timothe Crusol – Limoges – PG

Strengths

Continuing our European players, Timothy has great speed and quickness. Finishes with both hands around the rim. Has a impressive balance of when score and pass. Is crafty running off screens. Smooth and explosive athlecitism. Great shooter… Extremely confident; dangerous at mid-range or well behind the arc. Good step back shooter and also pull up. Quality passer. Effective off ball motions. Unguardable ISO player. Has great feel and understanding of the game. Good balance, footwork and body control when finishing around the baseline/rim/basket. Good rebounder. Can be a great on ball defender. Amazing PnR handler.

Weaknesses

Bad rebounder. Size… Shoulders are narrow, muscle strength is low. Lower body is frail.

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