5 - Balsa Koprivica

7-1, 250 Center
Florida St. Sophomore
Birthday
05/01/00 (21.5 yrs)
Hometown
West Palm Beach, FL
High School
Montverde Academy
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
7
Size
9
Defense
6
Strength
8
Quickness
7
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
6
Rebounding
8
Potential
8
Post Skills
8
Intangibles
7
88 Overall:

NBA Comparison: BJ Mullins

Strengths: At 7’1, 240-pounds, the 21-year-old Serbian’s greatest strength is his massive size…His length provides him easy opportunities near the rim, even more so when guards and forwards switch onto him…Koprivica is a great shot blocker, using both his long wingspan and solid timing to reject 1.4 shots per game…Plays within the flow of the offense, and sticks to taking shots that are in his range…Is a dangerous pick and roll threat, as his initial defender has to stay on him…This can open up space for the ball handler, or allow Koprivica an easy lane to the rim…He has the size and smarts to be a dangerous rebounder, particularly on the offensive glass…Runs well, and always hustles in transition…He shouldn’t guard the perimeter often, but his wingspan and quickness help give him a chance in space against smaller players…Can defend the pick and roll well because of his long arms…Can drop back to cover his man while still impacting the shot quality of the ball handler…There aren’t many people that can move like he can at his size…Should impact the game due to his length and strength on both ends of the court.

Weaknesses: Can’t stretch the floor, and never attempted a three-point shot over his two years at Florida State…Not a good passer or offensive creator, and is mostly a threat to dunk…Despite being the tallest player on the court, pulled down less than six rebounds per game…Is not a great athlete, and could be much slower than other centers…Does not have a polished post game, and could struggle to score without a pass…Turned the ball over 1.3 times a game, a lot for someone who rarely passed or generated scoring chances…Not a productive scorer in college despite towering over some of his defenders…Koprivica is a poor free throw shooter, giving more concern to his lack of touch outside the paint…Bad fit for today’s game with lack of foot speed to switch and defend the perimeter…

Notes: Measured 6’11.75” barefoot, 7’1.0” in shoes 9’2.0” standing reach, 252.2 lbs, and 7’3.25” wingspan at the 2021 NBA G-League Elite Camp …

Michael Hopp 8/2/21

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