DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Philadelphia 76ers
- Good size and length, has filled out his frame nicely
- Really light on his feet, runs the court without much effort
- Exceptional athlete for his size
- Has improved tremendously since last entering the draft two years ago
- Experience - Played in various high level leagues across Europe
- Lack of offensive skill set. Right now he is more of a ‘will’ guy.
- Still needs to get stronger, experienced bigs continue to take advantage of him on the block
- Age: He’ll be 22 next season and still has much work to catch up on.
NBA projection: Because of the raw skills he brings to the table, he’s automatically an interesting prospect, and really has been to scouts for some time. His rare combination of size and athleticism is not something you see much. With the emergence of his fellow Latvian, Kristaps Porzingis, it only helps his cause. He'll likely be taken in the first round.
After a slow start last season, his first in the ACB, Pasecniks took a major step forward this year. His playing time doubled along with his production, while at the same time managing to keep a similar level of efficiency. Despite his solid efforts in the Eurocup, his team lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Key Statistics: 32 GP, 16.4 MPG, 8.0 PPG, 66% 2P, 58% 3P, 62% FT, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 0.6 TPG, (Liga ACB); 14 GP, 13.6 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 72% 2P, 17% 3P, 29% FT, 2.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 0.9 TPG, (Eurocup)
Career Highlights: Spent his entire career playing in his native Latvia prior to signing in Spain in 2015. Represented Latvia with at the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifiers (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg) Averaged 11.6 points and 7.9 boards for Latvia in 18 total games at the ’14 U20 and ’13 U18 Euros, where he earned all-tournament.
Cool Statistic: Pasecniks had his best game of his professional career this season against Estudiantes on April 23rd. He had 24 points while shooting 11-of-13 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, and two blocks.
Reminds me of: Willie Cauley-Stein
What Insiders Say
Jonathan Givony, Draftexpress
“Born very late in 1995, Pasecniks' frame has taken time to properly fill out. Once very frail, he's put on quite a bit of weight since moving to Gran Canaria in Spain in the summer of 2015. After somewhat of a quiet first season getting acclimated to living abroad for the first time as a 19-year old, Pasecniks has exploded in his sophomore season in the ACB, ranking in the top-10 in the competition in PER, pumping in a point every two minutes on tremendous efficiency. Taking advantage of frontcourt injuries, he's playing close to 20 minutes per game in his last ten contests (both in the EuroCup and ACB), drawing quite a NBA executives to exotic Las Palmas, the capital of the Canary Islands.”
David Bortoluzzi, NBADraft.net
“He has an impressive frame at 7-2, with a solid structure and some late developing muscular development ... He has a remarkable wingspan, combined with solid mobility ... With his size and mobility, he’s the ideal target in the paint area in P&R situations, both for lobs or put backs ... He has a nice handle for his size, with the ability to challenge the defender off the dribble and to finish with either hand ... He has also shown intriguing potential as a shooter, since he is able to hit shots from behind the three-point line in catch and shot situations ... He shows flashes as a defender, both in close outs and as a rim protector, thanks to his footwork and explosiveness ... His ability to shoot elevates his stock some as a player teams are looking for. Even though he will turn 22 in December, still seems to have more potential left to develop than the average draft eligible player”
“Anzejs Pasecņiks has much more room to grow in the future and has all the tools to develop into a top-level big man for European basketball in the years to come. There is NBA potential in him if he manages to improve his body and show progress on the defensive end. Big men with promising post-up game, nice shooting stroke, good feel for the game, finishing ability and effectiveness from the free throw line are really hard to find in Europe..”
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