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Nemanja Bjelica
Round 2, Pick 35
Position: SF
Country: Serbia
Conference: International
HT: 6'10"
WT: 210
Biography: One of the most unique players in the draft because of the rare combination of skills he possesses as a tall swingman, Bjelica has drawn comparisons to Toni Kukoc. With a power forward build and point guard skills, Bjelica would present matchup problems at small forward due to his size and superior ballhandling ability. While he isn't particularly explosive and may never be a big-time scorer, Bjelica can take the ball the length of the floor and is very adept at creating shot opportunities for himself and others. Because of his exceptional athleticism, Bjelica has the skills to become a very good defender but needs to adds strength to his lanky frame. For all his unique attributes, Bjelica has a lot of trouble finishing around the basket in traffic. Those weaknesses could become even more pronounced problems against bigger and more athletic opponents in the NBA. He also has a very high turnover rate, often getting caught trying to force passes through traffic with his head down. His skill set is enough to generate significant interest, and because Bjelica isn't in any rush to play in the NBA, a team could use a second-round pick on him and let him continue his development in Europe.

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