Sergey Karasev Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Photo credit: Draft Express
Photo credit: Draft Express

 

With the No. 19 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Sergey Karasev from Russia. 

Here's everything you need to know about Karasev:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Karasev's physical attributes:

Karasev has the size of an NBA wing at 6'7'', but he'll need to add bulk to his 197-pound frame. And with an average wingspan and below-average athleticism, Karasev could become a target on defense for opposing offenses.

If Karasev were to flop as an NBA player, chances are it's because of his mediocre physical tools. They might prevent him from getting easy buckets and ultimately allow him to give them up.

But Karasev is a finesse player, using touch and IQ to help neutralize a lack of strength and athleticism.

 

Getting to Know Sergey Karasev

Just because Karasev is young doesn't mean he's unaccustomed to big-time basketball. He played on Russia's U-18 and U-19 teams in 2010 and 2011, and he was a member of the 2012 Olympic national team that won the bronze medal in London.

 

NBA Player Comparison

Karasev's lethal jump shot could make him one of the league's best shooters, Steve Novak.

If his lack of athleticism and defensive mediocrity become an issue, he might translate to Matt Bonner, who's even more one-dimensional than Novak.

 

Pro Predictions

Even though he's a solid overall basketball player as a shooter and passer, Karasev won't be much more than a role player who will keep the ball moving and nail open shots.

He may struggle to make his mark when he enters the league, because he'll have to adjust to the size, strength and (most importantly) speed of the game.

Expect him to find some opportunities as a reserve specialist during his first couple seasons. If he takes advantage of those cameos, he could see 15-20 minutes per game in his third and fourth seasons.

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