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Joffrey Lauvergne

  • Full Name: Joffrey Lauvergne
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 235
  • Birthdate: September 30, 1991
  • Club: Partizan (Adriatic League)
Memphis Grizzlies (Traded to Denver Nuggets on draft night) Round 2: Pick 55
 

Strengths
- Good size for position
- Fluid, mobile and coordinated
- Can step out to perimeter and score from long range
- Versatile offensive game with solid fundamentals
- Decent rebounder

Weaknesses
-  Lacks strength to hold off powerful posts
- May lack agility to guard athletic power forwards
- Not spectacular athletically but is efficient fundamentally

NBA projection
A likely late second round pick. He’s a mid- to long-term project. Even if he’s drafted earlier than expected, he should stay in Europe for a few years. He needs to get better, gain confidence and  play a more important role in a higher level of competition. Lauvergne could become a valuable rotation NBA power forward in the future.

2012-2013 Season
An INSEP product, Lauvergne had a busy season. He started off in his fourth season with Elan Chalon in the French first division then was moved to Valencia (Spain-ACB) and finally to Partizan. Not a highly-touted prospect in Europe, has improved his stock in the last couple of seasons. You won’t find any impressive statistics, not even spectacular highlights, but he’s a versatile and efficient young player with solid skills who gets the job done. He had a decent season with reasonable numbers in the minutes on the court.

Key statistics
5.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.6 apg, 14.4 mpg, .585 2PT, .143 3PT, .667 FT (Adriatic League)
12.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg, 27.3 mpg, .703 2PT, .375 3PT, .623 FT (Serbia)

Cool statistic
Lauvergne hit 70.3 per cent of his two-point field goal attempts for Patizan in the Serbian league.

Reminds me of...
Jorge Garbojosa, a big guy who steps out on offense

What Insiders Say
Lorenzo Neri, Draftology
“Not a highly-touted prospect in Europe, has improved his stock in the last couple of seasons. You won’t find any impressive statistics, not even spectacular highlights, but he’s a versatile and efficient young player with solid skills who gets the job done.”

Luka Bassin, International Scout, NetScouts Basketball
"Joffrey made a great decision by joining Partizan Belgrade and its "big man factory" during the season. He can run the floor very well and can match any big defensively. His offensive repertoire is excellent since he has some good back-to-basket moves as well a face-to-basket game. He is also developing his perimeter shooting and is very good in the pick/roll game. With his physical attributes and better shooting he could become very good NBA player. Best case scenario comparison: a version of Joakim Noah."

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter @netscouts, or follow Chris and Carl.