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Sergey Karasev

  • Full Name: Sergey Karasev
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 197
  • Birthdate: October 26, 1993
  • Club: BC Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia)
Cleveland Cavaliers Round 1: Pick 19
 

- Nineteenth Pick: Sergey Karasev
- Draft Interview: Karasev
- NBA Style: Karasev

 

Strengths
- Solid lefty shooter with quick release and NBA range
- Good basketball IQ
- Strong passer
- Moves well without the ball
- Good size for either the 2 or the 3

Weaknesses
- Lack of athleticism
- Ability to defend at NBA level is hurt by lack of lateral speed
- Needs to develop off-the-dribble moves. Relies too much on his spot-up shooting.
- Needs to get stronger

NBA projection
His shooting ability and size, if playing at the 2, is enough to see him drafted in the mid-to-late first round. NBA teams are always looking for shooters, and Karasev certainly falls in that category.

2012-2013 Season
Karasev had one of the more productive years of any of the international draft prospects. His shooting was not consistent, shooting 49 percent from 3-point range in Eurocup competition to 30.4 percent in the VTB United League. In the Russian league he scored in double-figures in all 14 games. In 45 total games he scored in double-figures in 40.

Key statistics
18.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 33.3 mpg, .491 2PT, .355 3PT, 841 FT (Russia)
16.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 31.7 mpg, .410 2PT, .490 3PT, .816 FT (Eurocup)

Cool statistic
Karasev scored in double-figures in all of his 14 games in the Russian League.

Reminds me of...
A cross between Carlos Delfino and Xavier Henry

What Insiders Say
Aran Smith, NBADraft.net
"At 19 years of age, Karasev already has Olympic experience and was the leading scorer for his first division Russian team this season. Fluent in English, he's a crafty passer and ball handler, but his real forte is shooting. As he proved all week at the Hoop Summit in Portland, if he's left open, he rarely misses. He's a below average athlete for the NBA, and needs to add a lot of strength so how soon he can contribute is questionable. Teams see him as a late first rounder and with the potential to bring over right away or stash in Europe for a few seasons".

Sam Chadwick, Prospects in Europe
"A sweet shooting Russian who can play the 2 or 3, a perfect complimentary player but will never become a super star, a pure role player who can contribute off the bench."

Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
"I question his athleticism but he has a beautiful shot with a very quick release and NBA range. At worst he can be a shooting specialist but he has a chance to be more than that in time"

-- 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.