With the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs have chosen Nikola Milutinov. The Serbian-born Milutinov will stay overseas for a few more years to develop into a more all-around player down the line.
Milutinov has great size at 7-0 with a 7-3 wingspan. He has the ability to finish with either hand in the paint and facilitate out of the post on offense, and has the size, mobility and length to be a factor on the defensive end.
But Milutinov has a ways to go physically, and at only 225 pounds, will need to add some weight to withstand NBA big men in the paint. He needs to improve his mechanics on his jump shot, as he plays with his face to the basket often. The youngster lacks strength and athleticism, which will need to be improved to make an impact in the NBA.
Overall, this is a typical Spurs pick. Milutinov should turn into a valuable piece as a versatile frontcourt prospect down the line, and it helps the Spurs preserve some precious cap space this summer.
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2014-15 stats: 8.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg (44.2 2PT%, 77.3 FT%)