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34th Pick: Dallas Mavericks Draft - PF Nick Fazekas

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College Career
YR GMS MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2006-07 32 30.3 20.4 11.1 1.8 2.0 1/1.1 0.8 1.5 2.3 .568 .848 .431 1.49
2005-06 33 31.8 21.8 10.4 2.1 1.8 1.2/1 1.1 1.5 1.8 .529 .846 .290 1.42
2004-05 32 31.5 20.7 9.4 0.9 2.2 1/2.3 0.6 1.6 1.8 .502 .789 .327 1.49
2003-04 34 26.9 12.6 7.6 0.5 0.9 1/2 0.5 1.3 2.1 .528 .771 .358 1.40
Keith VanHorn. Austin Croshere. Nick Fazekas.

What do they have in common? Pretty much everything.

Power forwards who can shoot threes, make their free throws, not great athletes, ineffective in the post, not great defenders...

This is a really boring pick, and one with - I think - not a ton of "upside". It's also a smart pick. A player who could be able to come in immediately and replace Croshere as a backup power forward.

Here's a sampling of what a few of the 'experts' have to say.

Chad Ford:
He's Dirk Nowitzki without the athleticism -- a fantastic shooter and a good rebounder. But he has slow, slow feet...

...A big-time scorer. An excellent perimeter shooter. Range extends out to the 3-point line. Has really improved his rebounding this season. Has gotten stronger and seems more comfortable playing around the basket. Nice jump hook off the right hand box...

...He doesn't have the strength to play in the post in the NBA on either end of the floor which has led some scouts to refer to him as a tweener. His handle isn't great. He's not unathletic, but he's not a great athlete either. Runs very stiffly...
Draft Express:
We charted him at an extremely impressive 80% from the NBA 3-point line on over 100 shots over the course of the workout. For any player that would be considered a very solid showing in an NBA private workout, but for a player who measured out here at 6'9 3/4" barefoot, that is especially noteworthy...

...Any way you look at it, his shooting mechanics with his feet set are nothing short of gorgeous--especially the rotation he gets on his shot...

...Fazekas in general is not the most productive player in the world once he gets in motion. He noticeably lacks quickness and explosiveness, which limits his ability to create his own shot either in the post or on the perimeter...

That's not to say that there isn't a role for a player like that in the NBA--maybe even a substantial one--but a team and especially their head coach will need to realize exactly what they have on their hands before they decide to commit to him...

...anyway you slice it, there is a place in an NBA rotation for a player like Nick Fazekas.