1 floor, 1 realistic, and 1 dream comparison for Tristan Vukcevic

Tristan Vukcevic of Real Madrid (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
Tristan Vukcevic of Real Madrid (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images) /
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Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat
Omer Yurtseven of the Miami Heat (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

Realistic comparison

If Omer Yurtzeven had a high-level jump shot, that would be almost exactly where I expect the Wizards’ second round pick to land. A development that most fans of the team would appreciate for Tristan Vukcevic as a mid-second-round pick.

Yurtzeven is capable of creating good looks in the post and is an ok cutting threat at his size. He is also a decent defender off the bench for the Heat. However, rebounding is where his true value lies.

Despite only playing 12 minutes per game this season (and only in nine games) he pulled in 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 of which were offensive. This is very similar to how Vukcevic projects to be.

In the Euroleague, Vukcevic has been a high-level rebounder, something that typically will translate to the NBA, especially for players from Europe. On both ends of the floor, he has shown the ability to find where he needs to be and grab rebounds.

I expect him to be able to bring everything that Yurtseven is capable of and then add an efficient jump shot. 37% on around 3 attempts per game if he gets enough minutes would be amazing for the young Serbian.

If he learns how to use his large frame to clog passing lanes and make drivers think for an extra second like the next player on the list, he easily could become a plus defender despite his lack of athleticism.