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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Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Dream comparison

A six-foot-ten unathletic center picked in the early 40s in the draft with tremendous skill and upside on the offensive end of the floor while not particularly effective on defense out of Serbia. Sound familiar? This perfectly describes two-time MVP and reigning Finals MVP Nikola Jokic.

While it seems like a stretch to compare him to the best player in the world right now, this is the dream scenario. Both players have very similar frames and have some of the same strengths and weaknesses.

The biggest difference between Vukcevic now and Jokic then is the passing. Jokic was already an established playmaker for his team in Serbia whereas Vukcevic has only shown flashes of becoming a quality passer.

After the passing, they are extremely similar players based on their play in Europe. Elite shooters, difficult to defend in the post, unathletic, and not really seen as good defensive players. Jokic was more consistent and Vukcevic has seen fluctuating minutes all season, but the upside to grow with a team interesting in his development is interesting.

If Tristan Vukcevic comes over from Europe and develops into any of these three players, the Washington Wizards would be ecstatic. He has high upside, and they should be hoping to tap into it.

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