Unlike recent years, the 2010 NBA draft’s International prospect class isn’t a top-heavy group with a handful of players going in the first round—if not the lottery.
In fact, this crop of multinational players includes one surefire first-rounder, a couple borderline big men, and the rest likely destined for second round selections.
7'0", 225 pounds
While the scouting report labels him as more of a smooth four than classic five, Motiejunas, 19, is a talented lefty with quick, advanced beyond his age footwork and a willingness to bang inside despite reports that he’s s finesse player.
He’s already a very good shot blocker and once he muscles up a bit he could be a top 10 center in this league for the next 10 years.
On film, Motiejunas runs well, displays a solid handle and appears to have developed some up and under moves in the paint.
He does show bursts of intensity but a couple reports cited occasional lapses in concentration. But that’s to be expected out of a teenager.
6'10", 260 pounds
Playing in the EuroCup league last season, Saraphin already has an NBA-ready frame with enough bulk to be a force down low.
He’s not a sloppy 260-pounds, evidenced by spring-like hops. His wingspan is estimated to be over 7'3". One of the big knocks on his game is inexperience, especially outside of the paint.
On pure size and athleticism, albeit raw, alone, Saraphin might sneak into the latter parts of Round One.
6'10", 215 pounds
The German 21-year old wing is a polished scorer who has the skill set to start in the NBA as early as next year.
Benzing isn’t a one-dimensional player either. He can spread defenses out as they will need to respect his range but he’s just as able, and quick, to beat his man off the dribble.
Whichever team selects him will want to have him in the weight room from the onset.
7'1" 245 pounds
One of the biggest prospects in the entire class, Raduljica isn’t a new name inside NBA circles. He originally declared for the 2009 draft.
If somebody can light a fuse under him, they could have a steady player whose offense is a few notches ahead of his defense.
The strength is there but the grit and attitude to hang with the likes of O’Neal or Howard is missing. Perhaps it’s there but needs to be pulled out by a motivating coach.
Raduljica isn’t a total developmental prospect as he has played competitively overseas for a few years now. Look for this Serbian native to hear his name called in the early part of the second round.
Three to watch…
Ryan Richards – PF (England)
Tibor Pleiss – C (Germany)
Alexey Shved – PG/SG (Russia)