2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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Nikola Jovic: Plays for Mega Basket out of the ABA League, 18-year-old Forward 

Strengths: 

  • Has the height and age team will love for the future, 6-foot-10-inch size, 18 years old makes him of the draft class’ youngest players, good deal of skill to go with these attributes
  • Projectable outside shooting has a wind-up form with a good base and pre-shot footwork, a nice spot-up threat from the top of the key and corners, has NBA range 
  • Very good player in transition makes the right play whether it’s an overhead pass or pass to a shooter, especially adept as a finisher at the rim and ball-handler here
  • Enticing flashes as a ball-handler for his size, can hit step-back threes from distance, great closeout attacker who knifes his way to the hoop and finishes with good touch 
  • Polished post-game, can play with his back to the basket, likes to spin into a right had floater along the baseline, can hit the tough fadeaway shots, nice up and under move 
  • Can be a secondary P&R ball handler, makes some timely dimes to the roller, good lob passer is very patient when extra pressure comes his way, flashes of cross-court skips 

Weaknesses: 

  • Frame isn’t close to being built out, weaker upper body compared to his competition, wingspan is a bit of a mystery but it doesn’t look right relative to his 6-feet-10-inch height 
  • Struggles to drive left, can’t separate off his man when driving to that side, loses the ball often, can’t finish with his left either, needs to add strength for this to improve
  • Hasn’t adjusted the best to his new role, has had the ball in his hands less and the production has dropped, down to a 33% shooter from 40%, doesn’t move off the ball
  • A lot of his drives and finishes are off attacking closeouts, doesn’t do well when dribbling into traffic off an isolation drive, makes some risky passes too often
  • Some poor habits on the defensive end, jumps and bites on pump fakes, won’t have the foot speed to guard a lot of wings in the NBA, doesn’t slide his feet well yet

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