Biography: Little was known about Bertans prior to April's Nike Hoop Summit, and it was easy to see why considering he averaged just 9.8 minutes per game for Union Olimpija in Slovenia. The Latvian forward made the European Championships Under-18 All-Tournament team over the summer, though, and he piqued the interest of scouts at the Hoop Summit. Bertans has the frame of a power forward but the stroke of a shooting guard, and that's what is so intriguing about him despite a frame that's more slender than that of Golden State guard Stephen Curry. Bertans isn't a great athlete, but despite being a teenager, he knows how to use his body. He has a quick release and handles the ball well enough to create his own shot off the dribble. He isn't afraid to drive to the basket, and he doesn't just head toward the paint looking to score - he has great court vision and is a solid passer. Like many young shooters, he's prone to the occasionally questionable shot selection, and he certainly would benefit from hitting the gym and developing his upper body. From off the radar to a solid NBA prospect in just a few months, Bertans may have made enough of a name for himself to wind up being picked in the latter third of the first round.
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