The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Sergey Karasev with the nineteenth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Karasev is a 6’8 202 lb guard/small forward from Russia. Last season, at Russia, Karasev averaged 18.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.3 apg. Karasev is said to be one of the best shooters in this draft; he averaged a three point percentage of 35.5%.
How Sergey Karasev fits in with the Cavaliers
Karasev fits in with the Cavs because he is 6’8 and essentially will be a small forward in the NBA. The Cavs need a good small forward on their roster. Ellington is a restricted free agent and the Cavs don’t know if he will be back. He also fits in greatly because with Irving penetrating to the basket, the Cavs could establish a good inside out game with Irving driving and Karasev hitting threes.
Will Karasev be an impact player in 2013?
The Cavs don’t know if they will even be able to sign Karasev for the 2013-2014 season. Karasev seems like he has a strong desire to play in the NBA, but he may end up getting more money in Russia. The question for the Cavs will be, can they match an offer made by Russian basketball teams? Currently he plays with a team called Triumph. If the Cavs want to make Karasev into a player that will be an impact for their team, they better make sure to establish a deal with Karasev relatively quickly.
What drafting Karasev means for the Cavaliers
The Cavaliers get an outstanding shooter in Karasev. He will need to show in camp though if he can do other things such as rebound, drive and pass. At 6’8, the Cavs don’t want Karasev to just shoot. He is going to need to score for them, maybe 18-20 a night down the road. But nonetheless, the Cavs get a shooter that can bring some enthusiasm into the Q.