JJP wrote:As much as I like Poku on video, I'm pretty sure the Mavs have done due diligence in scouting him. If he's available and they don't take him, I won't be disappointed. I trust that the Mavs know his weaknesses.
The problem with evaluating euros for the draft is that they generally don't play a lot in the Euroleague. Euroleague is a man's league and players have to "pay their dues" before actually playing meaningful minutes. And it's already kinda hard to evaluate how Euroleague production translates to NBA production for players that average over 20 mins a game in the Euroleague. Scouts watch draft prospects play in u18 and other competitions against inferior talent and it makes evaluation even harder.
For example, the mocks I've seen sofar have Deni Avdija somewhere between 4-9. Luka Doncic was the 3rd pick. The difference in Euroleague production between these two players is enormous. Deni Avdija is still a couple of years away from being able to match what Luka did in Euroleague, if he will ever be able to match it...
Luka Doncic 17/18 Euroleague per game stats: 25 min 16pts, 4.8 rbd, 4.3 assists
Deni Avdija 19/20 Euroleague per game stats: 14 min 4 pts, 2,6 rbd, 0,7 assists
Bottom line, anyone who expects Luka-like production from Deni is very likely to be sorely disappointed. Avdija may turn into a decent NBA player or even a star eventually, but he's not yet close, he's not even a decent Euroleague player yet. And he's already being hyped up as the next Doncic.
As for Pokusevski, he's played 3 Euroleague games so far, less than 10 minutes altogether. He's completely unproven. He's more likely to be the next Dragan Bender than Toni Kukoc.