2015 Draft Profile: Mario Hezonja

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport
Hometown Dubrovnik, Croatia
Birthday (Age) 2/25/1995 (20)
Height 6’8”
Weight 200
Wingspan 6’10”
Projection Top-7 Pick
Best Case Vince Carter/Eddie Jones
Medium Case J.R. Smith/Gerald Green

Video Highlights

Combine Results

Body Fat

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Standing Reach

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No Step Vert

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Max Vert

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3/4 Court Sprint

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Lane Agility

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2014-15 Stats

Games | MPG

59 | 15.4

PPG | FG%

5.8 | 45.6%

RPG | APG

2.0 | 1.1

SPG | TOPG

0.6 | 1.1

3PM/A (%)

1.1 | 2.9 (37.9%)

FTM/A (%)

0.4/0.5 (76.7%)

Skills Breakdown

Athleticism

10

Quickness

9

Size

9

Strength

7

Jump Shot

9

Scoring

8

Passing

7

Handling

6

Defense

6

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths

Athleticism

Range

Potential

Is one of the most explosive athletes to come out in recent years… Stands 6’8” and frequently gets his head up near rim level on dunks… Is an elite three-point shooter (37.9% on 6.7 attempts per 36 minutes) and went 8-for-8 from deep in 23 minutes in a game earlier this season with FC Barcelona… Has range out to well beyond NBA three-point line and isn’t afraid to pull up from 25+ feet… Can shoot off of curls, spot-up, and off the dribble… Finishes aggressively at the rim and is one of the best dunkers in Europe at 20 years old… Is a decent playmaker for his position (2.7 assists per 36 minutes)… Has a quick first step and can create for himself in isolation situations… Is a decent pick-and-roll ballhandler and shows potential as a playmaker… Uses his quickness and long arms to jump passing lanes and force turnovers… Doesn’t lack confidence… Should be able to contribute immediately as a sparkplug scorer with the potential to become much more than that in time… Might be the most talented wing in this year’s class.

Weaknesses

Defense

Basketball IQ

Still needs to work on his midrange game, but has the tools to be effective there in time… Not much of an on- or off-ball defender at this stage despite his athleticism and size… Can force shots at times… Ballhandling could still use work… Has a reputation for letting frustration affect his play and losing focus.

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