NBA Comparison: Walt Williams/Jiri Welsch
Strengths: As a 6-8 versatile swingman, he has solid size and body to play the position, combining a remarkable wingspan and above average athleticism by European standards … His athleticism and leaping abilities make him effective in the open court, both in offensive and defensive situations … He uses screens and fakes to perfection to create space for shots or penetration to the basket, where he’s able to finish with either hand … He’s an excellent spot up shooter, with both feet on the ground, showing excellent range … His maturity and basketball IQ are really impressive, often playing as a point forward thanks to his handle, passing skills and court vision … He can be considered a versatile offensive presence, as he excels in drive and dish, creating shots for his teammates … His size makes him an excellent rebounder for his position (almost 5 per game this season), plus he’s able to guard frontcourt players, giving his coach great defensive flexibility … He’s really effective playing passing lanes.
Weaknesses: He still needs to work on his muscular structure since he tends to be affected by contact when attacking the basket … He struggles to create his own shot in ISO situations since he lacks an explosive first step and a reliable crossover dribble … Despite possessing solid shooting skills, he still has to work on his mechanics, adding fluidity and quickness to his release … Furthermore, he lacks a solid midrange game, since his pull-up jumper is not as reliable as his game in the painted area or outside the three point line … On the defensive side, he lacks elite lateral quickness and this limits his effectiveness as a 1 on 1 defender, especially against quicker opponents … Ankle injury has taken him out of latter part of season …
Notes: Osman was MVP of last U20 European championship, leading Turkey to the gold medal (13.7 pts, 4.1 rb, 2.5 as). He has been member of the Turkish U-16 and U-18 National Team, he played at the 2011 European U-16 Championship and at the 2012 European U-18 Championship. He had 8 points and 5 rebounds during the playoff series in Euroleague against Real Madrid with a key role played. He has just declared he will stay in Europe for another two seasons, thus making him an ideal draft and stash pick.
Davide Bortulozzi 5/24/15