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14 - Aleksandar Vezenkov

Bulgaria 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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2017

NBA Comparison: Paul Zipser/Jorge Garbajosa

Strengths: Vezenkov is typical European stretch PF that can play inside/outside with ability to knock down long-range shots from beyond the arch ... Has good feel for the game and decent size for his position ... Offensively he has ability to score from anywhere on the floor, but he is best at P&P situations and coming off of screens ... Creates a lot of mismatches when playing P&R or P&P ... Vezenkov has a very good jumpshot with a quick release and can get his shot off at any time ... Possess deep range on his shot and fairly consistent. Likes coming off the flare screens and setting his both feet to square up for shot ... Can make tough shoots under the pressure ... Very smart when it comes to scoring in the paint, skilled and can play with his back to the basket; turnaround jump shots, spins around opponents, create space with one dribble and shooting the floater in the paint ... He likes having the ball early on high post and posting up/taking his defenders on the low post and scoring ... Uses lots of pump fakes to get open to create shots and scores ... Does a good job at cutting into the lane quickly to the basket and finishing below the rim; can score under pressure well, and likes to take big shots ... Improved his passing and he became better passer over the years ... Rebounds the ball well and goes for rebounds aggressively ... Hard working player ... Comes from basketball family; his father played for Bulgarian national team ... Has played at a high level in Europe for an umber of years now. Excellent experience ... Skill set fits well in today's NBA due to his potential as a high level shooter / stretch forward ...

Weaknesses: Limited ball skills offensively for NBA. Should look to improve as a ball handler, however his ability to create off the dribble is also limited by his lack of great speed ... Doesn’t possess too much of an offensive game outside of his shooting ability ... Solid athlete but has to improve his body and work on his physical toughness ... Defensively, Vezenkov lacks speed and lateral quickness, and likely will be a defensive liability at the 3 or 4 spots ... Offensively he has trouble scoring over bigger and stronger athletes ... He is not quick or explosive enough to get by forwards in Europe and will struggle to do the same in the NBA ... Will turn 22 in August, so his upside is not what some other prospects available

Stevan Petrovic 6/15/17

Strengths: Natural Born scorer… Good perimeter shooter, with really deep range … He is a scoring threat from everywhere on the court… A mature and polished player that plays beyond his years ... Great in Catch And Shoot situations and can shoot off the dribble too … He is the ideal player to play Pick and Pop and can become a good stretch-four in the NBA … Able to go by the defenders on close outs, mainly because the defense must respect his shooting ability… Can occasionally put the ball on the floor … Moves well without the ball … Although he has strange mechanics, he has quick and high release, which makes it difficult for an opponent to block his shoot … Over time managed to become a good post player, who can turn from either shoulder to shoot … Runs the floor well … High basketball I.Q. with a great feel for the game … Very mature for his age … Better passer than most people think … Good rebounder … A hard worker … Takes and makes big shoots … Very confident player… He has shown leadership qualities…

Weaknesses: Poor athlete by NBA standards… Not big or strong enough to play full time at the power forward position and lacks quickness and athleticism to play the small forward position … Lacks great lateral quickness … He is a liability on defense … As most left handers, he has the tendency to go left … He has to improve his ball handling, especially with his right hand … Not a good pick and roll player just yet … Has problems on the block versus long and athletic players … His limited leaping ability makes it difficult for him to finish at the rim … He hasn’t been tested at the highest level yet, since his former team (Aris) didn’t play in European Competitions … Has to put on some muscle …

Notes: Has Bulgarian and Cypriot citizenship, but chose to play for the Bulgarian national team ... He is the son of Sasho Vezenkov, a former Bulgarian national team player, and shows the feel for the game of a guy who grew up around the game with a professional father ... For three consecutive seasons (2013-2015) he was named “Greek League Best Young Player of the year” ... He was named the “Greek League MVP” in 2014/15 season and he was also the Top Scorer the same year ...

Notes: Holds both Bulgarian and Greek citizenship

Stefanos Makris 11/11/15

July 30, 2013

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