|Team: NON-NBA College Team:
H: 6' 9"|
W: 221 lbs
(34 Years Old)
|Agent: Marc Cornstein ||
Hometown: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Pick 15 in 2002 by Rockets
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NBA Scouting Reports, Atlantic Division (Part Four)|
July 2, 2009
Overview: A combo forward with a deadly shooting stroke, “Boki” is a decent athlete, being very smooth and mobile but not especially quick or explosive. Struggled to establish a role for himself in his first four seasons, and bounced around a bit, but has found a niche with New Jersey. Started his career with Union Olimpija in his native Slovenia, but came into his own with Benetton Treviso. A former first round pick (#15 in 2002), he has developed into a very solid role-playing reserve for the NBA and an excellent top-option internationally. After shooting the ball with lights out efficiency in 2006-07, came back down to earth in 2008, and subsequently decided to sign with Dynamo Moscow as a free agent., where he played extremely well but rarely got paid for his efforts. Definitely a shooter first and foremost in the NBA, but does contribute in other ways, and plays to his strengths very well. Also has a reputation for being an extremely high character guy. Seems likely to return to the NBA this summer, at a reduced price.
Offense: Has very good scoring instincts and excellent size for the small forward position, which makes him a solid mismatch threat. Game is clearly centered on his perimeter jump shot, which boasts excellent form and consistency, with a high and quick release. Good when open, and actually even better with a hand in his face more often than not, showing very good poise and rarely altering his mechanics. Not quite as good pulling up off the dribble, but rarely forces bad jump shots, always keeping very good balance. Has a step-back jumper in his repertoire, but mostly relies on straight up jumpers. Took most of his shots behind the arc in the NBA, but is decent from the mid-range as well, and made plays inside the arc more frequently for Dynamo Moscow. Not a great ball-handler, but is comfortable making a straight-line drive to the basket when it presents itself, and is athletic enough to finish at times. Gets to the free throw line at a very nice rate, mostly thanks to his smarts and craftiness. Doesn’t show the ability to consistently get past opponents in pure one on one situations, and usually only will be able to drive off a shot-fake or a screen. Forces some drives where he can’t get past his opponents, resorting to an awkward shot that’s part floater, part running hook. Very good cutting without the ball, doing a good job finishing over smaller 3’s with nice touch off the glass. Shows good ability to adjust in the lane, but doesn’t finish with his left hand, leading to some awkward attempts on that side of the basket. Gets out in transition as well, where he shows his aggressiveness in attacking defenders and getting to the line. Likes to try and dunk when he gets any sort of running start at the rim. Doesn’t have much of a post game, looking uncomfortable there and not finishing well. Assertive drives help him get to the line, where he is a lights out shooter. Over-aggressiveness can come at the expense of turnovers, though.
Defense: Not a very good defender, despite showing good attentiveness and putting in consistent effort. Suffers from below average foot speed and a high center of gravity, making him a liability on the perimeter at the 3-spot. This is compounded by being prone to biting for fakes, and not showing great recovery speed. Struggles with screens as well, often getting caught. Not a good post defender either, as he’s undersized and not very strong compared to power forwards he is occasionally matched with. Had a much easier time defensively in Europe, since his length was more of an asset, and his lateral quickness was not quite as big of an issue. Also was able to spend more time at the 4, where he’s an even bigger mismatch offensively, and often is able to match up with other face-up forwards in his mold. Solid rebounder at his position, as he has good size and smarts and is willing to put the effort in.
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