Dairis Bertans

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Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Position: SG
Hometown: Valmiera, Latvia
Current Team: VEF Riga
Win - Loss: 9 - 3


2009 U-20 European Championship Review: Guards

Sep 17, 2009, 06:45 pm
The top scorer and go-to-guy for the Latvian team, Dairis Bertans has a skinny frame with quite long arms. He’s a pretty decent athlete with good quickness and footspeed, but mainly stands out as a scorer who runs the wings well to get free on the perimeter. Once he has the ball, he’s able to either look for a shot (either spotting up or off the dribble) or slash to the basket. He’s also an OK passer who knows how to find his teammates when driving, and also in fastbreak situations.

Bertans’ outside shooting isn’t as reliable as you might expect, which can definitely be caused by his poor shot selection. He connected on only 33.3% of his 3 point shots. Also his free throw percentage definitely needs improvement at 67%. Bertrans does have the ability and confidence to take over a game and respond also in decisive moments. As a ball handler he’s solid too, dribbling up in many occasions and pushing the ball well on the break.

Defensively he’s surely able to do his part and with good intensity and lateral footspeed, able to defend very close-by without fouling or getting surpassed. His awareness on help defense on the other hand is improvable.

With continued development Bertans should be able to forge himself a nice career in Europe, although maybe not at the very highest level.

U-18 European Championship: The Wings

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Aug 31, 2007, 11:58 am
Earning a very well-deserved spot on the all-tournament team, Bertans was the heart and soul of the Latvian team that surprisingly clinched the Bronze medal. Nobody expected such an excellent performance from the Baltic team, and Bertans himself exceeded the hopes we had from him. Unlike Jackson, Bertans was a real go-to player for his team, a catalyst that regularly created options for himself and his teammates. While sitting on the bench, Latvia was often helpless trying to get anything going on the offensive end. This is the third tournament where we see this undersized shooting guard, and although he proved to be a very solid shooter and scorer at U-16 stage, his physical profile raised doubts about his ability to adapt to older categories. But Bertans showed up in Madrid in enviable shape, showcasing significantly improved athleticism and, particularly, excellent reactivity, that allowed him to stay extremely active all over the court.

Long armed, still skinny but nicely built, Bertans stayed very active and aggressive playing off the dribble. He showed very nice ball-handling skills to attack his match-ups, ability to change direction and gears, usually looking for the pass or the mid-range jumper. Dairis is a very nice shooter, solid from behind the arc and able to knock down complicated off-the-dribble attempts. Still he often overdid himself, abusing his ball-handling skills and taking bad shots, which ultimately affected his percentages (also decimated by the scarce amount of short range attempts at the basket) but still it worked pretty well for his team, as he drew a lot of attention from opposing defenses and opened spaces for his teammates. A decent passer from the wing, he found his teammates on drive and dish plays on a regular basis. He also contributed on defense, using his quick legs to stay in front of his match-up and help on team rotations.

His potential is obviously limited by his lack of size. He’s neither very imposing physically, and while his athleticism is nice, we’re not talking about an athletic freak. Summarizing, he basically looks like a prospect for Europe.

U-18 European Championship: Colossus Koufos

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Aug 10, 2007, 09:38 am
Dairis Bertans, a 6-4 shooting guard born in 1989, has emerged as the go-to guy on this squad. He was already the top scorer for the Latvians two years ago at the U-16 category, but has developed into a notably explosive guy capable of splitting defenses on a regular basis to create advantages for him and his team, while conserving his excellent shooting touch (even in off-the-dribble mode) from virtually anywhere from the floor.

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