Ksistof Lavrinovic is having the best season of his professional career at the age of 28, ranking 3rd in the Euroleague in points per-40 minutes pace adjusted, first in 3-point shooting accuracy, 5th in blocks, and 2nd in PER.
Were talking about a typical late blooming big man, who atypically spent two years in jail between 2000 and 2002 with his twin brother Darjus after being convicted of rape, and therefore took a bit longer to burst onto the European scene. Lavrinovic has great size at 6-11, a superb wingspan, and a decent frame that could probably still add weight comfortably. Hes a very good athlete, blessed with solid quickness and leaping ability, who has become a real go-to scorer for Siena this year, averaging 13 points in just 21 minutes of play.
Lavrinovic is Sienas main post-presence offensively, the player everyone looks to drop for drop-offs as they make their way into the paint. Hes very reliable here, showing nice hands, excellent touch and the athleticism to finish most everything that comes his way underneath the rim, although he struggles at times to finish through contact or with his left hand. Hes not the most advanced shot-creator in terms of showing crafty post-moves or an aggressive back to the basket game, but is rather more of a finisher.
Facing the basket is where Lavrinovic prefers to play the most, though, as his incredible 63% accuracy from behind the arc (on nearly 3 attempts per game) would attest. He can also hit shots from mid-range on pick and pop plays, showing beautiful shooting mechanics and absolutely no hesitation hoisting up everything and anything that comes his way, with the utmost confidence. Hes clearly one of the best big men in Europe when it comes to knocking down shots with his feet set.
When it comes to putting the ball on the floor, though, he struggles, as his ball-handling skills are average and his poor decision making ability gets a bit exposed here. Lavrinovic isnt what you would call a smooth or fundamental player-- his basketball IQ is not the highest, and hes not immune to taking bad shots or turning the ball over. Hes not much of a passer, as you can probably guess by the fact that he averages nearly four turnovers for every assist he gets, in fact, hes a bit of a black hole.
Defensively, Lavrinovic is pretty average. He gets backed down by opposing big men fairly regularly, as he isnt the toughest or most physical player youll find. His feet also arent very quick on the perimeter, meaning he struggles defending pick and roll plays, and generally looks very upright in his stance trying to stay in front of player. Its pretty obvious that his awareness isnt the best, and hes extremely foul prone on top of that, which is the main reason he only plays 21 minutes per game. You cant ignore his physical tools, though, as his size, length and athleticism are all top-shelf for a European big man (the reason he gets so many blocks and steals), and largely allow him to get by in spite of his lack of fundamentals.
As a rebounder, Lavrinovic is mediocre, grabbing only 7.7 rebounds per-40 minutes, which ranks him just 37th in this category in the Euroleague. Considering his physical tools, he should be in the top-10, but his lack of toughness and fundamentals hinder him from doing so.
All in all, Lavrinovic is one of the best offensive big men youll find at this level, and could probably take his game to the next level (the NBA) if he so desired. He probably couldnt play for Gregg Popovich or Jeff Van Gundy, but Don Nelson or Mike DAntoni would surely be able to find room for him