Thursday, March 31, 2016

Balsa Koprivica NBA Draft Scouting Report

7-1 - Center - FL (Serbia)

A big, strong and talented center with an advanced offensive game.

Pros
Koprivica is an overpowering force in the paint, who gets position well and has a really nice skill set for a young big. Has a soft touch around the basket and he does a good job of getting into post position. Can score with either hand and projects as an offensive force, as he continues to develop.

Has a good understanding of the game for a young center. Passes the ball well and has a good feel for the flow of the offense. 

Has the size and strength to hold his own at the highest levels of competition. Does a nice job of defending in the paint and using his length (nearly 7-4 wingspan) to alter shots and protect the rim.

Is an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. Controls the paint on defense and is becoming a good shot blocker.

Cons
Is not a run-jump athlete and doesn't have great speed. Needs to get/stay in top shape to reach his potential.

Doesn't play with enough aggression and tenacity. Needs to develop a mean streak.

Comparisons
He's like a bigger Enes Kanter or a more advanced Jusuf Nurkic.

Projection: first round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft