With the 29th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft the Brooklyn Nets select Nikola Milutinov, Center, Serbia.
I was about to draft Timothe Luauwe out of France, but he has withdrawn from the draft and did so on June 15! Well, since there are persistent rumors about the Nets exploring a trade of Mason Plumlee or Bropez (Brook Lopez), I have no choice but to go big, very big. We're taking Nikola Milutinov out of Serbia. He formerly played for Joffrey Lauvergne's former team, Belgrade Partizan.
He's a big boy standing at 7-feet. He is light on his feet like a ballerina. He runs the floor like a gazelle, and has a phenomenal motor and ability to attack the offensive glass like a Serbian Kenneth Faried. His biggest upside lies in his tremendous physical ability, and motor.He averaged 6 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes. As an 18 year old, he posted a PER of 28 at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He has an emerging post up game, and finished at the rim at 65% including through contact. He also has a touch of a mid range shot. He made 39% of his mid range jumpers which already makes him better than bottom feeder NBA mid range shooters like J.J. Hickson, Ricky Rubio, and Kendrick Perkins.
Now, with all this being said, Nikola still has plenty of work to do. He's only 220 pounds and could stand to add a lot of muscle to his frame. Furthermore, his role in the NBA would currently be limited to garbage man and energy off the bench. He lacks a consistent go to post move or counter move, and still needs a lot of work on foot work and other post moves. Also, he doesn't seem to block shots at all. What's up with that Nikola? You're 7 feet tall with long arms and energetic, block some shots!
After a lengthy discussion with Proky, the two of us have decided after drafting Milutinov, we will be stashing him in Europe until 2016 when we can get this payroll back under the salary cap.
*Send the carrier pigeons! Nikola is coming to Brooklyn!*
Mancar and the Golden State Warriors are on the clock!