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Ender Arslan NBA Draft Scouting Report
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September 8, 2004
Strengths
Arslan is a true PG. He can dish out many asissts and control his team on the offensive end. He is one of those PG's who knows how and when to use his players. He is an excellent ballhandler and keeps his turnover rate to a minimum. He can penetrate and find the open man by using screens very effectively or by making a quick move from the perimeter. For him to miss an open three pointer off a double team is a rarity for Arslan, because he is a nice three point shooter and also has the ability to create his own shots by using screens or smart crossovers.

His goal is to share the ball as quickly and as effectively as possible to make the offensive game of his team faster, which is one of the biggest problems for Efes. Arslans ability at the PG position would fit in well in a motion offense, because he always is in the triple threat position (pentrate, pass, shoot). Another important point about his game is the amazing quietness he has. He is not stressed if his team has some problems during the game and also does not force any shots in these situations. He is very smart and intelligent for his young age and is not afraid of leading his team in crunch time and attempting some crucial shots.

Weaknesses
Though he plays for a team which is known as the best defensive team in Europe, he still has some problems on the defensive end. His physical weaknesses can be seen if opponent PG's prefer to play the pick and roll. He has worked on this problem, but still has some problems to motivate himself for his defensive job. Another weakness, which also showed some effects for his team, is that he has too much respect for the opponents frontcourt. You often can see him interrupting his penetration if driving into the zone and trying to pass the ball to the outside shooters instead. He has the courage to take over in crucial situations but you also can see that he tries to deny physical play as far as possible. Although he has shown some leadership ability, he is too silent on the court. All in all we can say he is a very interesting prospect and loves to work on the court. He is in a nice team with an excellent coach to improve his game.

Competition
Arslan has been a member of the Turkish cadet and junior nationalteam.
He made his debut with Efes Pilsen during the 1999-00 season and is still playing there. In the Euroleague regular season he averaged 9,4 points per game and 4,7 assists per game. He showed his best performance against Pamesa Valencia, when posting 25 points and 11 assists.

Outlook
Like many other Efes players, there are not many rumors about Arslan.
He gets consistent minutes in Istanbul and is a player Efes needs in all of their games. For a few weeks it looked like Arslan will be the starting PG when Kerem Tunceri signed with √úlker, but Efes decided to bring in former Clemson star Will Solomon as the new PG. But the fact that Solomon is more of a SG than a PG shows that Arslan will see more minutes next year.

Comments
Arslan is one of the most important players in the future of the Turkish national team. He is in the right place to improve his game and be an interesting prospect for the NBA.

Facts
Arslan always said his dream is to play beside or against Allen Iverson. As luck would have it, even though he is still playing in Europe, his dream became true, when the Turkish national team played the USA twice in August in their preperations for the Olmypics.

 


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