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15 - Ojars Silins

Latvia 

  • Birthday: 7/20/93
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 210
  • Team: Reggio Emilia
  • Hometown: Riga, Latvia
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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Bostjan Nachbar

Strengths: Silins top attribute for NBA scouts is without doubt his shooting ... Standing at 6’8, the Latvian forward has a really quick release and ability to set his feet very quickly ... He is not as effective coming off screens, but as a spot up shooter he has displayed how reliable he can be ... What really separates him from other shooters is his ability to read the close out make the right decision ... He can go left or right for a pull-up, swing for the open man or in Europe attack the basket ... Offensively he really knows how to "play within himself". Because of this he doesn’t try to force the issue and very rarely commits turnovers ... Defensively he is a very good off the ball defender, he understands the game and has a high Basketball IQ, something he will have to use to overcome his athletic deficiencies ...

Weaknesses:
The most obvious one is his athletic profile, as a SF in a league like the NBA you have to be able to move your feet quickly in order to contain ball handlers on the perimeter. Silins can become a better on ball defender but his NBA career depends a lot on this ... If he was a better athlete he would be a no brainer, but being an under the rim finisher hurts his NBA outlook ... Also I would expect a former PF to have a better impact on the glass grabbing rebounds ... Offensively he doesn’t move very well without the ball and needs somebody to create for him ... His ball handling is good enough to survive but not take people one on one ... He needs to improve his P&R as well to become a more complete player ... Overall his NBA career will depend mostly on his ability to make shots and ability to not suffer too much in defense ... If able to accomplish both he could find space as a role player for a team, if not he could become a really good player in Europe for many years ...

Overall: Silins arrived at Reggio Emilia two years ago but didn’t see a lot of playing time ... But it was during that year that he started his transformation from a stretch PF to a SF ... After a brilliant U20 European championships campaign where he lead his country Latvia to a historic silver medal, he came back to Reggio Emilia with boosted confidence ... He moved into the lineup as a SF, shot almost 40% from the 3pt line, and though he didn’t impact the game on the boards like he should he showed a really solid brand of basketball making few mistakes and less than a TO per game.

Rick Fois 6/22/14

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