Now maybe i'm getting a little carried away here, but I think this kid COULD be the next big thing (SG). He's a good shooter, excellent passer, 6'7 tall for a SG, and only 19. Now he does lack strength and falls in love with his jumper. But in this weak draft I would not hesitate to take this guy maybe as early as area 18-25. Anyone else see big time potential in him?
but I think he will have a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game and the athletes that the NBA has. I think he will be a very good player down the road, but whoever drafts him will have to be patient.
the guy can't guard anyone. no thanks. his lateral quickness is that of a 49 year old man.
He is a SF, not a SG.
He's really savvy and slippery for his age, his bread and butter is going to be his jump shot, can he get that separation against NBA players? The athleticism will disrupt his progress in the initial stages but his character and intelligence will see him through it. I'm not sure about Karasev being the next great European player but Russia has some nice players currently in the league like Kirilenko, Shved and Mozgov. Karasev seems more legit than past NBA Russian failures Korolev or Khryapa.
What is this nonsense? Khryapa is a much better player than Shved and Mozgov. Some of the things said in this forum are just unbelievable.
Khryapa is a baller. I would love to see him back in the NBA but it likely won't happen. He's got a terrific floor game.
I've had limited viewing of Karasev but I like what I see. Smooth shooter with a quick release. If you run him off the line he can put the ball on the deck and make plays. He's a good enough ball-handler, shooter and passer to run some PnR as well.
Once again you're overreacting EB, I stated he was an NBA failure not a complete failure.
I wouldn't put it past the wolves to grab him. They already have the Russian connections with Kirilenko and Shved. Not to mention if this guy really could fill in at the wing and provide outside shooting he fills a desperate need...
He is only 19 and doing extremely well in euro play where he gets 32 minutes a game...you know he is doing something right from that fact alone. Great shooter, high IQ, just a little below average athlete, but an NBA training program will add some speed and explosiveness to his game.
"but I think he will have a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game and the athletes that the NBA has. I think he will be a very good player down the road, but whoever drafts him will have to be patient."
"can he get that separation against NBA players?"
He has faced and excelled better competition than any other player in this draft. He has faced the best team to date in the Euroleague and Final Four qualifier (CSKA), two other Euroleague teams (Zalgiris and Khimki), the Eurocup champ (Lokomotiv), Eurochallenge champ (Krasnye Krylia whom they also play again Friday in their playoff series), the top team the Ukraine (BC Budivelnik) and just about every other top domestic league in Eastern Europe, the second place team in Turkey (Banvit), and playoff teams from France (Le Mans) and Germany (Artland Dragons). Not only that, but he is averaging 16.5 PPG on 43.5 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three in the process at the age of 19. He is younger than most of the freshmen who have declared, and his production against bigger, more athletic, and more experienced players is better. This isn't one of these guys for whom a week of weak high school all-star game nonsense and grainy highlight tapes is all people have on him. He isn't playing against bouncers, butchers, and students in some no money league on a rec center gym court. The VTB United League website has some full games posted. He can shoot off the dribble, gets to the rim, and to the line. He moves well without the ball, has a quick release, and can create for himself and others. Like most guys, the shot goes away at times, but that is the last thing to be worried about. He also not a bad athlete for someone who can play. If you compare him to guys who are athletes first and mediocre basketball players, then I guess that tag would fit. When weighed against his ability level, his level of athleticism is fine. Nobody is drafting him thinking he is LeBron, but at the same time he is far from Steve Novak which seems to be this ridiculous tenor the thread.