Kostja Mushidi, Germany, Small Forward, International, Mega Leks, 18.8 Strengths
-Measured very well, at 6'5 in shoes with a 7'0 1/2 wingspan
-Has a chiseled 226 pound frame. Has clearly worked on his body. Has a well proportioned frame
-Length plus strength gives him the versatility to guard small forwards, and even some small-ball power forwards, which is important considering some of his weaknesses
-Let things come to him nicely most of the week in both the games and practices. Game seems to be slowing down for him. Didn't look as wild as he had in the past
-Solid IQ. Figuring out how to fit in within his role. Moves without the ball. Makes the extra pass.
-Shot the ball fairly well overall on the week, including going 4/7 for 3 in the game (with one impressive iso pull-up 3-pointer). Has a compact, consistent stroke in spot-up situations. Also showed potential as a shot-maker off the dribble at times
-Competitive player defensively
-Still only 18 years old. Has plenty of time to continue to address his weaknesses and is in a great place to do so at Mega LeksWeaknesses
-Not a very creative or polished ball-handler. Doesn't have much wiggle to his game. High, loose and rigid handle that mainly relegates him to straight-line drives. Doesn't have much shiftiness to his game to compensate
-Average passer on the move. Doesn't see the floor all that well once he puts the ball down
-Lacks a degree of explosiveness finishing in traffic
-Not yet a knockdown shooter. Career 31% on 588 attempts. Release is somewhat low, without much of a wrist snap
-Upright defender who gets burned off the bounce frequently by smaller players. Not very quick-twitch laterally. At his best guarding small forwards, even though he's only 6'5.Outlook
When Mushidi is hitting his 3-pointers, like he was in the Hoop Summit game, and at times in the practices, he has the makings of a very solid utility role-player. When his jumper isn't falling, he has a hard time making an impact, as he doesn't bring a great deal of high-level value in any other part of his game at the moment, even if he shows some potential with his length, competitiveness and solid IQ. There's a niche for players in Mushidi's mold in today's NBA, but he'll likely need to continue to gain experience in Europe and polish up his game before he's ready to make the leap over, which makes sense considering his youth.