24 - Jan Vesely

6-11, 230 Small Forward/Power Forward
Czech Republic International
04/24/90 (33.9 yrs)
Moravska Ostrava, CZ
International Team
Partizan Belgrade
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Mike Dunleavy/Andrei Kirilenko

Strengths: Possesses a terrific combination of size and length for the SF position … Offensively, he improved his low post game and is looking to post up more this year; he can post up smaller defenders and uses his height advantage to score over defenders; has a height/length advantage on almost every player in Europe … Jan has good motor and excellent ability to run the floor (most of his points are off of dunks, put-backs and points in transition) … Good hands around the basket … Facing up to the basket, he is able to get to the rim quickly due to his quickness and good first step. Very explosive off the floor when attacking the bucket and finishes strong … As a shooter he improved since last year and feels more confident taking shots outside the 3pt line and creating off the dribble; his mechanics and follow-through look fluid; good elevation on his shot … If he catches the ball and his feet are set and pointed towards the basket he usually will knock down shots … Defensively he is good, thanks to his length and can guard multiple positions … His lateral quickness is impressive for his size and he does a solid job at moving his feet (good P&R defender and closes well on the perimeter staying in front of guards) … Plays with lot of emotion … A competitive player that hustles for loose balls and brings energy on the court …

Weaknesses: Vesely needs to continue improving his offensive skills. He’s still a work in progress as a player as his athleticism and "wow plays" exceed his effectiveness and consistency … He has had a decent season but more was expected from him coming into the year … He is limited to one or two dribbles when creating off the dribble and needs to improve his 1-on-1 game and ball-handling skills … Has to become more efficient/consistent shooter overall (50% FG, 46% FT, 46.3% 3FG in Euroleague and 74.1 % FG, 51% FT, 31.8% 3FG in NLB League) … Hasn’t added any weight since last year and will have to get stronger in order to compete in the NBA; still has trouble finishing plays under pressure … Has strength and athleticism but not productive enough as a rebounder (4.4 rpg in NLB League and only 2.9 rpg in Euroleague) … Could run into some problems fitting into an NBA position as his length slows him some on the perimeter in the half court set and he lacks the strength and toughness to play in the paint right now …

Stevan Petrovic 1/31/11

Strengths: One of the most intriguing international prospects … At 6’11, he is not only comfortable shooting the ball from deep (with nice form and a smooth release), but he is more than capable of handling it in transition and running the fast break … He is a very active, energy type player who plays extremely hard and rarely takes plays off … A great motor to go along with good hands and feet, allows him to play a variety of positions on the floor … Shows potential to become a full time player on the perimeter, he is capable of putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket … Has the explosiveness to get by the defender and to finish above the rim in traffic … He is a good slasher and he moves extremely well without the ball, either using screens or cuts to get into scoring positions … He is a very good rebounder, showing good instincts and willingness to attack the glass … For a young player of his size, his passing ability might be the most surprising, he can find teammates with pinpoint passes and he can also do it off the dribble … Defensively, his length and athleticism allow him to block and alter many shots as well as get into the passing lanes … The experience that he is getting playing during key moments on the biggest European stage has done wonders to both his development and maturation … Not many 18 year olds are put in a position where they are expected to contribute on a nightly basis, but he has been asked exactly that and has performed…

Weaknesses: Currently he is mostly an energy player, getting the bulk of his points on hustle and broken plays … He needs to develop a go-to aspect in his scoring repertoire … Added body strength will help him out, as he currently struggles finishing around the basket when taking contact … Not a great ball handler, everything he does offesnively is 1-or-2 dribble oves … He is also fairly uncomfortable operating on the block as bigger defenders can easily body him and get him out of position … He makes a lot of careless mistake, either with errant passes or with missed assignments on the defensive end (these are all things that should naturally improve as he gains more experience) … While his outside shot looks good, he needs to gain more consistency, part of the problem is the fact that he shoots off-balance as he tends to fade to his left when contested … 50% free throw shooter will need to work at improving his consistency from the line …

Notes: He is under contract with Partizan until 2013, and unless an NBA team is willing to buy out his contract, he may be the right candidate to get drafted and then allowed to develop even more before he is brought over.

Borko Popic – 2/17/2009

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