* Fluid and versatile scorer
* Good ball handler
* Can create shot in 1 vs. 1 situations
* Aggressive and assertive
* Inconsistent shooter especially from deep
* Not especially explosive or quick
* Poor shot selection and decision making at times
He has some tools and talent to find a spot in a NBA roster (likely deep rotation) but his upside is a major concern. A late second round pick if drafted, he would stay in Europe a few more years before getting ready to jump into the NBA, if he ever steps up and finds consistency.
He left Lotomatica Roma late this season to join Galatasary, with several source and reports confirming that the Italian club was disappointed with his performance. He had an inconsistent season which was highlighted by his last two games with Lottomatica: 23 points in 29 minutes followed by 7 points in 31 minutes. He had a decent, but inconsistent season in both countries.
11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 spg, 26.7 mpg, .547 FG, .345 3PtFG, .712 FT (Italy)
10.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 24.0 mpg, .509 FG, .333 3PtFG, .639 FT (Turkey)
Reminds me of:
Jeri Welsch, a talented player that never really made it in the NBA.
What Insiders say:
Chris Denker, NetScouts Basketball
"He has a strong scorer mentality and is able to put up some great offensive performances from time to time. However, he’s not always as consistent, aggressive and focused as you would expect for a guy considering the NBA. To his credit, it hasn’t been easy to find much stability either, playing for 4 teams in the last 4 seasons."
Giovanni Conte, Basket Caffe
"He’s a classic role player: he is not a great shooter but he can score in other ways, especially driving in the paint. The mechanics of his shot is strange, so he needs space to shoot, but he’s fairly constant (35% in the season from long distance). He is a good athlete with a nice body, perfect for an NBA guard. But his strength is his defense, and his length which helps him in coming up with steals."
Demetrius Laffitte, Coach, Olimpia Milano Armani Jr.
"A right-handed Manu Ginobili. Similar to Ginobili in a sense he has herky-jerky style to his game. Likes to use the spin move to score like Ginobili. Has all of his intangibiles to be a good NBA prospect. Can create his own shot and shot for his teammates. Can shoot the three ball and is great using the screen and turning to corner to shoot or to pass to the screener. Has great feet and hand skills and is a good defender. Has a great feel for the game and is relentless on both ends of the court. Ginobili was the 57th pick of the second round in 1999 and look what he has done since. Nihad can be a steal in the second round."
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