Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
8.0 4.8 0.9 0.5 0.4 48.4 33.8 72.2 53.1 15.4
Sales Pitch
An extremely raw young prospect that looks like he can be a serious asset as a stretch big...but he's got a long way to go.
Background
This draft class features a couple of intriguing international prospects and Luka Samanic of Petrol Olimpija fits the bill as a prospect that deserves some serious attention. Samanic gained saw his draft stock gain some serious steam after his impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago in which some experts singled him out as the most impressive player in 5 on 5 play.
Pro Comparison
Nikola Mirotic/Dario Saric (minus the vision)
Positives

BALL HANDLING

  • Impressive ball handling ability for a player of his position. Very crafty with his moves.

FINISHING ABILITY

  • Shows a veteran like ability to finish around the rim with a number of different finishes. Offhand is still a work in progress but it has potential.

OFF THE BALL 

  • Intelligent player away from the ball that knows when to cut and runs the floor with a purpose in transition. Great on relocation opportunities especially with the deep ball. 

 

Negatives

FRAME

  • Simply can't compete with bigger players inside due to his rail-thin frame. Needs to LIVE in the weight room, seriously live in it.

QUICKNESS

  • Gets exposed when switching against smaller guards. Blow-by candidate. Although did hold more than his own against players at the NBA Combine. 

SHOOTING CONSISTENCY

  • Shows some flashes of being a threat from outside but needs some mechanical work to fine tune his art. 
Overall
Luka Samanic has started to make a late wave of traction in NBA circles. Personnel around the league were doubting whether Luka would be ready to compete with NBA players at the next level but an impressive showing at the NBA Combine in Chicago gained the serious attention of scouts around the league. Samanic is a sneaky prospect in this class and it wouldn't surprise us to see him end up hearing his name in the late first as a team takes a shot on developing his talent.
Birthplace

Zagreb
Croatia

Draft Selection
19