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Emir Preldzic
SELECTED BY: Suns Round 2 (27)
SI Rank
1
Position: Country: Ht., Wt.:
6'8", 220

BIOGRAPHY: Preldzic is not a typical European swingman in the mold of Hedo Turkoglu and Peja Stojakovic, players who are known primarily for their natural shooting abilities. Instead, the 21-year-old has been utilized mostly as a point forward for Fenerbahce Ulker, the reigning Turkish League champions. With his excellent ball-handling skills, he's thrived in that role, but there are other reasons why he's been confined to playing the role of a point guard - namely, his lack of bulk and a poor outside shot. Preldzic is very skinny for a player his size and doesn't have a great first step, which makes getting to the rim difficult and taking a pounding once in the paint even more debilitating. He shot just 35.8 percent from the floor with Fenerbahce last seasons, including a dreadful 24.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, he still has plenty of room for improvement. Preldzic's long reach helps him get his hands in passing lanes, but his limited athletic ability limits him from being able to guard many quicker players. His high basketball I.Q. will likely get Preldzic drafted late in the second round, but look for a team to store him overseas for a few years so he can play regularly and give himself a better chance of sticking once he reaches the NBA.

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