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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Nikola Vucevic




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Nikola Vucevic


Position: Power Forward

Size: 6-10, 260

School: USC, Junior


Strengths:
  • Variety of moves on the block
  • Footwork
  • Effective hook shot
  • Utilizes pump fakes to get defenders in the air
  • Nice turnaround jumper
  • Shows good patience when posting up
  • Establishing position down low
  • Knows how to use his bog body inside
  • Recognizing double teams
  • Mid-range jumper
  • Three-point range
  • Effective in pick-and-pop situations
  • Rebounding



    Weaknesses:
  • Lacks ideal NBA athleticism
  • Running the floor
  • Needs to get more comfortable turning over his right shoulder
  • Not a real threat to take his defender off the dribble
  • Lateral quickness on defense

    Summary: Despite likely being a second-round pick, Nikola Vucevic has declared for the 2011 NBA Draft and already signed with an agent. He has nice size and touch for a big man, but lacks the ideal athleticism for the next level which should hold him back from being a first-round pick.

    Player Comparison: Kosta Koufos. While Koufos is more of a true center, Vucevic possesses many of the talents as most European big men. He has a nice face-up game and moves on the block, but his lack of athleticism makes him a liability at the next level. If Vucevic can continue to improve his outside shooting, he should have a better pro career than Koufos.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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