Sergey Karasev selected No. 19 by Cavaliers in NBA draft

Friday June 28th, 2013

One exec likened Sergey Karasev to Kyle Korver. One exec likened Sergey Karasev to Kyle Korver. (Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Cavaliers selected Sergey Karasev with the No. 19 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Karasev and how he fits with Cleveland:

Bio: Russia | 19 years old | Small Forward

Vitals: 6-7, 197 pounds

2012-13 Statistics: 18.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists for BC Triumph Lyubertsy in Russia's PBL (per

Strengths: Karasev was productive against solid competition in Russia, where he distinguished himself with his catch-and-shoot skills and quick release on his left-handed jump shot. He backed up that play overseas by impressing scouts when he faced the U.S. junior national select team at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. 

Weaknesses: He's not an explosive athlete or especially quick, creating concerns on the defensive end. While he's known for his shooting, there's room for improvement with his off-the-dribble game. If that part of his game doesn't blossom, defenses will be able to close out hard on his jumper without worry that he will blow by them on the drive.

What Scouts Say: A Western Conference executive said Karasev "is more athletic than you think." Another executive likened him to Kyle Korver, one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and a player known for his fast trigger.

Team Fit: Anthony Bennett Dion Waiters
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