The election of Marko Simonovic with the 44. The overall selection in the NBA 2020 projects was a surprise for most of the dying fans. He is a concept pick and stash player who will spend at least another year in Europe. While international players remain a mystery during the transition to the NBA, they are slowly becoming more and more numerous in the league.
When Arturas Kārnisovas took over the basketball bull operation, one of the priorities was to hire a diverse team of scouts to justify or not the choice of a world-class player. This should reassure the fans that it was right not to choose Dani Avdii with fourth place overall and drive Simonovic to 44th place. While most fans seem to be in a wait-and-see mood, there is one way to project Simonovic’s vision of the NBA: by looking at similar players.
Simoniwick comes from the Adriatic League, which has built several NBA strongholds over the past decade. To further refine the comparison, we would like to focus exclusively on players from the Adriatic League recruited by the front offices with Arturas Kornissovas or Mark Eversley.
- Nikola Jokic: 2014 – Round 2, dial 41
- Dario Sarik: 2014 – Cycle 1, select 12
- Yusuf Nurkic: 2014 – Cycle 1, selection 16
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Nikola Jokic is now considered one of the designs of the modern NBA centre. Dario Saric is the starter, according to the team, and he plays 26 minutes per game. Yusuf Nurkic, who spends an average of 23 minutes per match, creates the same atmosphere.
What does this mean for Simonovich? Because of his reputation, he was chosen by the bank as a projected rotation piece, as the sixth person or as the first great man, solely on the basis of the eye test. If you look at the statistics, it gets more and more confusing.
These are the average career figures of the above mentioned players in the Adriatic League before they were drafted by the NBA.
- Simonovic: 16.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 50% FG, 40.5% 3PT
- Jokik: 15.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 50.3% FG, 34.6% 3PT
- Dario Sarik: 16.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 50.2% FG, 31% 3PT
- Yusuf Nurkic: 11.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 55.9% FG
In this group Simonivik is in second place for the number of points scored and in first place for the number of defeats. His FG% are on par with his peers and his 3PT% are the best of all. Although the learning curve is different for each NBA player, we can assume that Simonovic will have a common game for these players.
According to his scouting report, Simonovic is fighting a defensive battle. Although this issue should not be overlooked, the same was said about Jokić during the design process. It seems that Simonivik is more likely to be used as an offensive weapon, because his ability to shoot with three points can erase some of his defensive problems.
Although the form of Simonowitsch’s filming isn’t quite smooth, he looks a bit like Kristaps Porzingis.
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The positive point for Simonovic is that he can let go faster, a skill that is more difficult to use than simply adjusting the shape of the shot. If he corrects his shot and/or improves his defense, he will have a long career in the league.
While Marco Simoniwick will also be a question mark for his overseas performance this season, his stats and player comparisons give hope that he won’t be a waste of time for the Chicago Bulls.