Kings Draft Profiles: Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely
Small Forward, 6’11”, 240 lbs.
KK Partizan Belgrade, International
21 years old
Jan Vesely Highlights

10/11 Stats: 9.2 PPG (51.0% FG, 43.8% FT, 33.3% 3-PT), 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 1.5 TOPG (Euro League)

Strengths: Supreme athlete. Great size and length and knows how to use it to his advantage on the offensive end. Takes the ball to the rim with authority. Moves very well for a player of his size. Runs the floor. Shows a good understanding of where to be on the court.

Weaknesses: It’s alarming to see a player who makes his living attacking the basket be so poor from the free-throw line. Vesely is not a strong player, so if he can’t finish at the rim against tougher NBA talent, he’ll have to make shots. Unfortunately, Vesely struggles from the perimeter as well. DraftExpress has this to say on Vesely’s defense: “It’s tough to ignore the fact that opposing coaches in Europe clearly game-plan against him, trying to create situations where they can isolate their best wing player against him with space to operate. In these situations, Vesely tends to struggle.” His ball handling and rebounding are also areas that need improvement.

How He’d Fit with the Kings: It’s hard to see Vesely starting as a rookie. Off the bench, he would bring energy, maybe even playing a little “4” in stretches. Vesely excels on the break, making him a great partner for Tyreke Evans in an uptempo system. Vesely is a project. His physical tools would fit in well, but his skill level shooting the ball and rebounding must improve for him to be what this Kings team needs.

Approval: No. A small forward who doesn’t shoot well, doesn’t rebound well and gets picked on on defense? Doesn’t seem like a fit to me. Based on my knowledge, I don’t see Vesely as much of an upgrade, if any at all, over Omri Casspi.

Where He Goes: Vesely is in play throughout the lottery. His ceiling seems to be Toronto at #5. Washington (#6) makes sense, and Detroit (#8), Charlotte (#9) and Milwaukee (#10) all may be attracted to an athletic small forward.

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