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11 - Luigi Datome

Italy 

  • Birthday: 11/27/87
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 203
  • Team: Lottomatica Virtus Roma
  • Hometown: Montebelluna, Italy
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2009

NBA Comparison: N/A

Ettore Poli - 4/7/2004

Strengths: Datome is a natural born all-around talent that can do anything with the ball. He plays 1-on-1 very well, has a great first step and nice moves around the basket where he usually finishes with athletic plays. Has soft touch from any distance, especially from the middle and under the basket. Shoots well from 3 too but has to improve in regularity and consistency. Deadly low post movements allow him to score easily. Excels in fast break, thanks to his speed and coordination. Runs coast-to-coast showing his smooth and smart moves and his good ball-handling skills too. Although a scorer, he's an unselfish team player who knows how pass the ball to his mates. Moreover he usually shoots in high percentages, even from FT line. Physically has good wingspan and exciting leaping ability. He loves rise above the rim for dunks and blocks. He's a great rebounder, with right timing and plays with intensity and confidence. Has also showed very good work attitude and excellent maturity considering he's only 16!

Weaknesses: At first look he's a little skinny but probably his body hasn't fully developed so it can improve. Needs bulk up and add strength, especially for the upper part of his body. Right now he's playing as tweener but he's projected at the 3 position so he has to work hard. Must speed up his shot release time from any distance like a real perimeter player. On defense he puts too much emphasis on his athletic skills trying to block shots or steal the ball. Must improve 1-on-1 defense on shorter opponents, but has very good lateral foot speed so he can become very good. Mentally needs to become focused at all times but it's normal for a guy born in 1987. Can he eventually fit the NBA SF position well?

Notes: Luigi Datome was a legitimate MVP of the European Championships 2003 for Cadets in Spain. He finished 1st in scoring (21.1 ppg), 3rd in total rebounds (11.7 rpg) and appeared in the field goal and free throws top 10 charts.

He can rule a basketball game at junior level, playing mainly near the basket. The question is: can Datome do the same at highest level? The answer is absolutely not... if he won't grow up at least to 6-10: it isn't impossible, but improbable! However this italian guy has the skills to become a real SF and having great impact on the game.
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