Strengths:A 6-7 natural point guard with immense upside ... A real competitor, also very smart. Charismatic ... Really has a great feel for the game at a young age ... Has it all offensively with the ability to shoot off the dribble with range as well as take it to the basket ... Tremendous passer and ball handler ... Has a nasty crossover and handles the ball well against the quickest of defenders ... Makes the game look very easy ... Creates baskets for his teammates and makes those around him better ... Very bouncy, good leaper with huge wingspan ... Looks very young. Could still be growing ... Has huge hands giving him added control over the ball ... Applies himself defensively and shows good instincts staying in front of his man and not biting on fakes ... One of the top overall prospects in all of Europe ...
[B]Weaknesses:[/B] His frame is very long but his shoulders are narrow and he is very skinny ... May never be a very strong player, but as a point guard, that's less important ... Added strength will allow him to drive to the basket and absorb contact better ... He'll also be able to use his size better on the boards ... Being from Russia, he has some hurdles to cross as a number of recent Russian players (besides AK47) have struggled to make the transition to the NBA/USA culture
He went to back up Ricky Rubio. I don't understand why Rockets wouldn't have interest in him. I'd take him over Fortson and maybe Douglas too
I believe CP3 and Dwight will be a package deal. My guess is they end up in Atlanta with Josh Smith. Morey could make it interesting by offering Lin plus assets for Paul and Asik plus assets for Howard. I believed this was Morey's plan since this summer but it only works if CP3 and Howard really want to come here to form a big 3 with Harden.