Euro Prospect: Stock Watch
By: Borko Popic
With the European leagues getting underway, it is time to take a closer look at some of the prospects and how their draft stocks are doing...
Nando De Colo
Fiba Europe/Stefano Selvestri
He had a very good summer starting for the French NT where he had some big scoring games. This year, after the departure of a couple key players, he looks to become the leader and focal point of the team. In the first four games he has not disappointed, having scored 20, 26, 18 and 10 points. In his last game along with the 10 pts, he added 7 rebounds and 6 assists, putting together a complete stat line that shows his willingness to silent those saying he is not much of a playmaker. He has also shown the ability to hit the long range shot as well as get to the rim to draw contact. He has already displayed the talent and skill to get drafted, if he can prove that he is becoming a more dedicated defender and that he can cut down on mistakes he may very well hear his name called in the 1st round.
Very crafty player has had a very solid start to his season. He has become the go-to option on offense and has flourished. He might not be the quickest or the most explosive player, but his intelligence and court savvy allow him to be extremely effective. Even though he has been shooting the ball a lot more this year, he is by no means selfish, in fact he is a very good team player and an underrated passer. His vision and decision making are best displayed when he gets into the lane and then finds open teammates off of drive and kicks. Had a great showing in the most recent Euroleague game against Real Madrid, where he not only made clutch shots down the stretch but delivered timely passes to help lead his team to victory. He finished the game with 16 points (4-8 from 3pt.) and 5 assists.
Very skilled and long perimeter player, he has been given a lot of freedom and has excelled. Although he is still fairly skinny, he has worked on his body and it shows in his ability to absorb contact. He can handle the ball and does so while pushing it in transition or attacking in the half court. He lacks great explosiveness, but his 1st step is deceptive because he is so long. He is a very good passer and as a result at times plays spot duty at the point guard position. In his last Euroleague game his stat line shows his complete all around game to the tune of 9 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. In two Turkish league games he is averaging 13 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Extremely quick and fast player that is getting serious playing time. He can play either backcourt position as he is a very good ball handler and also a very dangerous shooter. He may be a bit undersized for the SG position, but he is very explosive and can finish above the rim. He is extremely fast in the open court and is tough to defend because he is always under control even when weaving in and out of the defense. In the most recent and very exciting game against Parizan, Llull led all scorers with 19 points on 8-9 shooting.
He has been very effective scoring the ball early on in the Adriatic league. Scoring over 20 points in all 5 games, Labovic is the second leading scorer thus far. For a big man, his ability to shoot from three point range is very impressive as he is 11/25. He has a great understanding of the game and for a player his size, his passing is definitely a rarity.
Has proven that if given consistent playing time he can contribute
not only in the scoring department but also as a rebounder. He is a dependable
spot up shooter and also has a good feel for the flow of the offense which allows
him to score quick points. At this point he needs somebody else to create his
opportunities as he is limited as a one-on-one player, but his consistent shooting
touch will continue to garner him attention.
Having gotten some great experience playing for the Swedish NT, he is ready to show his game in the always tough Italian League. In his first three games he has shown steady improvement, going from 2 to 7 to 10 points. His rebounding has also been fairly consistent and as he gets more comfortable, bigger things are expected as he is a very versatile and talented player.
He has good size and a nicely built body. His mobility and footwork are limited, but he knows how to use his body to create space and establish position. A soft touch allows him to make shots even when he is well defended. He has been getting consistent minutes and has performed fairly well.
A solid big man, gets lost in the shuffle as far as getting touches, but he still gets a decent amount of playing time and he makes the most of it. In 2 Turkish league games he is averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Has been playing fairly well in the ACB and he had a solid showing in his 1st Euroleague game, finishing with 11 points, unfortunately in the 2nd game he only played 13 minutes and he finished with 3 points.
His playing time has been very limited, but he has shown that he can be effective when given a chance. Earlier in the season he had a game where he only played 10 minutes but he was able to score 11 points on 5-6 shooting. He is still a ways from being comfortable in the post, but given some time that should naturally change.
Has underachieved so far this season, even with his poor performances he has been starting for the most part, until the last Euroleague game against Lottomatica where he only played 7 minutes and contributed zeros all across the board. He needs to step up, or his hopes of getting drafted will disappear very quickly.
Has been getting playing time, but his productivity is unimpressive. He has shown his nice passing ability in the Euroleague, but aside from that he has been very passive and hesitant.
After having a subpar season last year, Dasic had a great summer playing for the Montenegro U-20 NT where he lead the tournament in scoring and took his team to a very strong 5th place finish. So far this season, he has been on a mission to prove that last season was just a down year and that he has gotten out of the funk. He is getting plenty of playing time and he has been fairly consistent scoring the ball. He is averaging 14.4 points and a nice 2.4 steals (5 in the last game), but 50% from the free throw line and 4.2 rebounds leaves something more to be desired. In his last game he put together a stat line of 14 points, 7 rebounds, which should become the norm for him.
Has been playing very well thus far, not only shooting the ball at a very good percentage from inside the paint, but also from beyond the arc. He has 2 games already where he finished 4/4 from the 3. On a very deep team he only plays about 24 minutes per game, but he has been able to fill up the score sheet in a number of categories.
Big things are expected of Casspi this season, but based on his play in the ever important Euroleague he has been a bit disappointing so far. In two games he has recorded only 7 points and 3 rebounds, not even close to what is needed if he is to live up to the hype that he has received. Part of the problem is that he is stuck in an offense that is based around the pick & roll action of Carlos Arroyo and the bigs, while Casspi is stuck in the corner waiting for kickouts that rarely happen. He has good physical tools, but he is not really comfortable enough to play on the perimeter and he lacks the toughness to battle inside. However, all is not bad, as he showed some of his talent in the Turkish opener where he scored 18 points (2-3 from behind the arc) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Games like that need to happen more frequently, but once again he may be the victim of the system that just won't allow him to show everything he's capable of.
A very long and athletic big man has shown his good mobility and footwork in the limited action that he has seen in the Euroleague. He gets limited touches when he is in the game, so it is hard to judge his offensive game, but he is very active on the boards and has good lateral quickness to stay with people on the perimeter.
Has been starting and getting a lot of playing time, but his play has been very sporadic. He had a game where he played 31 minutes, but finished with 0 points on 0-3 shooting, but he also had a game where he finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. He needs to become a lot more consistent, but the flashes of his talent are definitely there.
He is a feast or famine player, either playing brilliantly, or playing his way to having zeros across the stat sheet. He has proven that he has the ability and quickness to become a very good player, but his inability to put two good games together will continue to haunt him.
Even though he has been in and out of the starting line up, he is still seeing a nice amount of playing time. He is becoming a reliable weapon on the inside and his 7.3 rebounds per game are impressive (even though he only plays 23 minutes per game)
He has started every game for Red Star during Adriatic League play and has proven that he is a very reliable and efficient scorer. He is averaging a solid 10.2 points in 20 minutes of play, but very concerning is his low rebounding average of 3.6 per. Another interesting stat is that in 5 games he has yet to register a single blocked shot, for a player 6-11 that is pretty scary.
He has been up and down so far, but has had a few big games that show his ability to do damage. His best game was against Vojvodina, where he finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Continuing to improve his confidence and consistency should help his stock.
The incredibly quick and athletic PG has already been on the draft radar for a few years, but he has not gotten off to the best start this year as he is not starting and has not been able to find any consistency in his play. His biggest flaw is definitely his jump shoot, since he has no confidence in it; a lot of his options are taken away because people play so far off of him. Unless he proves that he can be a steady playmaker and decent shooter, he may once again be pulling his name out of the draft.
Although he is developing under one of the best coaches, he may be stuck in the wrong situation to show off his talent. The European power CSKA is loaded with talent and there is just no spot for Shved to show anything. Coming off a great summer where he showed his scoring ability by averaging 18.9 points in the U-20 Euro Championships, both he and his stock will take a hit as he is sitting on the bench.
Has not shown much in limited action, although he was given 13 minutes in game 1 of Euroleague play, in which he had 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Playing in the very competitive Spanish league, the young Aguilar has shown much to be pleased about. Against Sevilla he finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds on 7-13 shooting.
Has been getting solid playing time and even though he has not scored much (5.5 pts/g) he has contributed in pretty much every other aspect. His season averages are 3.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The experience that he is getting in the Euroleague is also tremendous for his development and confidence.
Because he is so young, inconsistency is a given, but games like the 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 16 minutes are only going to earn him more time on the floor.
He has started every game and has shown nice flashes of his ability to distribute the ball. He was very good in Game 1 of the Euroleague where he had 7 points and 2 assists.
May be one of the reasons that American fans become interested in the Euroleague. Unfortunately, they will not see Jennings show off his full package because he is playing on a very experienced and talented team and also because top level Euro basketball is not based on ISO play, but rather on team oriented motion offenses. Jennings has seen a decent amount of playing time and has shown his ability to shoot the ball as well as his quickness, but he is still a bit uncomfortable in the new setting and has become passive. He may never get a chance to fully show off his skills, but that doesn't mean the experience and level of play aren't refining his skills.
Has not yet played because the league hasn't started, but is definitely somebody to watch for, as he was the leading scorer and rebounder in the Georgian league last season.
Has gotten some playing time,even in the Euroleague, where in the first game he finished with 6 points in 10 minutes. Unfortunatelly, the depth that DKV has will limit him greatly until he is ready to contribute more.
Although not starting, he is still getting 27 minutes per game 10.2 points and 3.7 assists per game. His play has been up and down, but playing in a lower league (Pro-B)is a good way for him to develop and gain confidence before he can take his game to the next level.
In two games the lanky wing player is averaging 8 points in 26 minutes of playing time. After being the face of the Hungarian U-18 NT two years ago, he was missing in action this summer.
After a very busy summer playing for the U-18 and U-20 Lithuanian teams, Donatas has started his season with a bang. Through 5 games he is averaging 24.5 points and 9 rebounds and is completely dominating the games. They key for him will be his ability to stay consistent and not get into a comfort zone where his development slows.
He is getting a ton of playing time and is putting up stats that are very exciting for a player of his age. In his last game, against a quality Red Star team, Delas had 25 points and 9 rebounds on 9 for 15 shooting from the field and 3-6 from three. Although athletically his is somewhat limited, he is showing that he can score in a variety of ways and that he is not afraid of the big stage.
Has not played yet this season due to the hand injury that he sustained in the Olympics. He has had surgery and is scheduled to miss another month or so of action
The 7-foot wing is playing on a very deep Cibona team that is looking to do damage in both the Euroleague and the Adriatic league, this has caused him to get lost in the shuffle as the more experienced players are getting the bulk of the minutes.
The young Czech is seeing limited playing time, but considering that he is playing with Partizan and that he has already gotten into a game during Euroleague play, it is pretty impressive. He is in the right place to develop and on the right stage to show off his skills.
Plays in the LEB Silver (3rd) Division of Spain. Gets regular playing time but his shooting has been very inconsistent, as a result he has been coming off the bench in recent games.
Seeing very limited time on the very young and talented FMP team.
The young Bosnian has been on the scene for some time now and after playing very well for the Bosnian NT big things are expected of him.