Victor Claver: Is He Good?
I noticed one of those strange dichotomies. There is a headline on this website stating that Victor Claver is remaining in the draft. However, when I checked the NBA Mock Draft, I didn't see his name. Maybe it's there but I missed it?
I know Claver's rated fairly high on another website, somewhere in the top 1/3 of the 2nd round. So why is he staying in the draft if NBADraft.net doesn't even have him listed in the 2nd round? What am I missing?
I remember reading about him last year, the author of the article said he was one of the top European prospects. I also saw a highlight reel of him which shows his great leaping ability with one dunk after another. He was literally jumping over defenders. In addition, he apparently has a pretty decent 3 point shot. However, it's only a highlight reel so it doesn't show you what kind of player he is and how he actually plays the game.
Is there anyone on this website who's seen Victor Claver play? If so, can you please post your opinion?
nbadraft.net is slacking. Trust Victor Claver will go very early in the 2nd round at worst. He has a very good chance of being drafted late in the 1st round. I have see him play, he looks very impressive. I heard he hurt his leg which kept him out of competition for a while which hurt his stock. From what I hear he is healthy now though. He has a very nice jumpshot. Obviously he also has great size which will allow him to shoot over defenders.
How and when did you see him play? Do you see games on European TV?
Do you know if was it before or after his injury?
He was projected to be a mid first to late first rounder. However, he suffered a leg injury last year (November or December) which kept him out most of the season. He returned in April but he didn't do much to boost his draft stock. Regardless, he decided to enter his name in the draft with the notion being he'll get picked and stay overseas.
He just recently re-signed with his team (Pamesa Valencia) for three years. That said, he has option to go the NBA after each year with a reasonable buyout.
Tocane wrote, "He was projected to be a mid first to late first rounder."
Thanks Tocane for the info. Now I'm truly wondering why a guy, who was originally projected to go in the first round, isn't even in the NBADraft.net second round. Does anybody know?
There is a lot of video on youtube- granted it is mostly highlights but you can get a feel for what he can do
I have not seen him play since the injury. So I don't really know if he is the same player as he was before the injury.
here is some other video that I found interesting:
If you are interested- check out this website below. They have actual game film of a lot of international prospects in this years draft inlcuding Emir Preldzic, Milenko Tepic,
Trust me dude....Claver will be drafted. I think nbadraft.net was just thinking he was going to withdraw. He is staying in the draft. Like I said early second round at worst. A team looking to save money could take him in the first round and leave him overseas for a couple years. I could easily see him going late 1st.
The site is not really certain about whether he'll stay in or not. In any case, he'll be an early to mid second rounder.
I've only seen a little video on him, but from that & what I've read, I get the impression that Claver is a very high-ceiling player & a real potential sleeper in this draft. I am almost willing to guarantee that a team will take him in the first round. The chance to lock up a potential lottery-level talent, a 6'11" athletic SF who can shoot the 3 & only have to pay him like a 20-something 1st round pick will be too tempting for some team; especially one that doesn't necessarily need him now or one looking to save a little cash in the short term. I'm a Kings fan & I wouldn't be disappointed to see them use the 23rd pick on him.
Haha yeah he can definitely jump.
I guess he doesn t want to go in the first round so he extended his contract.
If he is drafted in the late first round he will have to stay in Spain until he finish his new contract cause he won t be able to pay the boyout with the late first round salary.IF he wanted to go to the NBA this years he would be a lotery pick
He will be a good SF(quick,3 points range,tall) in the NBA
If that's the case & everyone lets him slide to the 2nd round, that almost makes it for sure the Kings would take him at 31. If they don't, it won't be too many picks before someone does.
As a 2nd rounder, they'd be able to offer him the contract to bring him over sooner rather than later. Although I still think, at least in the Kings' case, they would encourage him to play in Europe for a couple years before coming over (ala Peja). They (or someone else) could still grab him in the first round though. The contract is only for 3 years and there might be somone willing to wait that long on him.
This guy looks like the best prospect in Europe to me. He is a great athlete with amazing length. He has the best handles for a guy over 6'10" that I've ever seen besides Odom. He can also shoot. He looks like a more athletic Gallinari to me. I am very high on this guy and think he will be the best European player in the NBA in 5 years. I think he is much better than Jerebko or Casspi.
That was quite an array of compliments. Are you basing those projections after seeing him play or are you reading what others said about him?
I watched a highlight video and he was literally leaping over defenders, dunking in their face. Then he was banging in one 3 point shot after another with a couple going in off the backboard. There's a reason why it's called a "Highlight" video. It doesn't show you how he plays the game, so if you know the answers, here are my questions.
1. Does he have a high or low basketball IQ?
2. Can he pass?
3. Does he play defense?
4. With that great leaping ability, can he rebound?
5. Does he drive to the hoop or spend the entire game shooting 3 point jump shots like Chase Budinger?
I based my opinions on all the video I could find on him and a little on articles I have read on him. His dribbling ability is apparent in his videos. Most videos are highlights but he loves to drive to the hoop along with having great shooting range. He is a well rounded player. He finishes around the bucket with attitude and strength unlike many other Europeans. He has a flair and toughness to him. Thats what impresses me most about him. Gasol is the toughest European in the league and he still is criticized for being soft. His terrific size and athleticism make him a decent shot blocker and good defender. He has a drive that is rare as well. I am very harsh to European players but he impressed me so much that I found as much about him as I could. I'm am sold on him after seeing Gallinari show flashes and how Turkoglu excelled in the playoffs. I rank him as top 10 talent in this draft. I was also high on Batum last year and that worked out well for Portland.