Don't Make Me Use The Bat
Projected Draft Number: #26 NBADraft.net/#22 Draftexpress.com
College Stats 2012-13: N/A
Mass's Review: Sergey Karasev is my favorite international player in this years draft. Despite being only 19, he is likely the most 'NBA ready' guy out of the overseas players. He lead the top Russian basketball league in scoring and did it very efficiently. He's a very fundamentally sound offensive player who can do it all from a skill standpoint. Very good deep shooter with a smooth release on his jumper. Good passer and facilitator. The only thing holding him back on that end is his size (needs to put on some weight) and his athleticism. I am a big believer in Karasev's offensive game. Has struggled finishing inside, but that should improve as he gets older.
Defense is another story. The effort is good, but he doesn't really have anything going for him on that end. He has good length, but lacks the athleticism to really stay in front of guys. Defense is clearly his biggest issue right now. He has been able to rebound at a decent clip, so he has that going for him.
The fact that Karasev was able to get 30MPG on a top Russian team is impressive to say the least, and honestly I am a little surprised that most mock drafts have him slated to go so late into the first round. I don't even think the risk is that high with Karasev compared to the other international players. I see him as a good offensive contributor at the least, and if you're looking for a small forward I think Karasev is the best one in this draft after Otto Porter.
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