This is the second part of my two-part series on players the Nets should target with the 57th pick in 2012 NBA Draft. We’ll look at to foreign players who may not necessarily play for the Nets next season. For both of these guys, especially the second one, I tried my best to find as many European stats as I could, but they are hard to come by without having to use all the money in the banana stand. Here we go.
Furkan Aldemir – Last year, I had a mancrush on Bogan Bogdanovic. Unlike other European prospects, Bogdanovic had put up major stats in the Euroleague before entering the draft, and this track record of success made me a big fan. Thank
fully, the Nets drafted Bojan (we’re on a first name basis) and I wrote a couple hundred words in the wee hours of the morning gushing over him on the now-defunct Brooklyn-Bound. Though they have no similarities in their games, Furkan Aldemir is similar to Bogdanovic in that both produced in Europe before entering the draft. The 6’9 power forward/center was a rebounding
machine in for his Turkish team Galatasaray, averaging 6.5 rebounds in under 21 minutes in the Turkish League. Rebounding has been known to translate particularly well from college or Europe to the NBA, and the Nets were the fifth worst rebounding team in the NBA last season, so we could use all the help we could get in that department. Though he is not a bad player offensively, Aldemir’s rebounding is the primary reason he has risen up draft boards so quickly. He probably will have been taken by the time the Nets are up a 57, but he fills a need as a backup big if he can play in the States next season.
Negueba Samake- To quote Winston Churchill, Negueba Samake is a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. The 22-year-old Frenchmen guy is a true center, 6’11 and built like a moose. He has an NBA body, but is extremely raw. There are almost no stats available for him, as he had visa issues that prevented him from playing in France. However, an athletic, 6’11
center will get looks by NBA teams if he didn’t know what a free throw was. With the 57th pick, the Nets could stash Samake in France for the next few years and get him on a Euroleague-level team for a couple of years to face some real competition. With the immense potential Samake has, it would be worth it to take him over an incredibly low-ceiling player like Kris Joseph. Though he presents a high risk, Negueba Samake could become a Serge-Ibaka like find, as there are an extremely limited number of immensely athletic centers who can run the floor and finish well, which Samake did in a workout that Draftexpress.com had posted on their website. With such a late pick, the Nets can afford to take a risk on a player like Samake, who has tons of room to grow as a player.