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Dec. 09, 2013
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Five other international players to watch

DARIO SARIC

This is an article from the Dec. 9, 2013 issue

F, CROATIA

A slender (6'10", 223-pound) point-forward with a diverse offensive repertoire, Saric likely would've been a lottery pick had he entered the NBA draft last June. Citing a need to gain more experience, the 19-year-old chose to stay with Cibona Zagreb for another season. Scouts would like him to add muscle and improve his offensive efficiency.

JUSUF NURKIC

C, BOSNIA

At 19, Nurkic is a project. With great size (6'11", 280 pounds), decent footwork and a knack for playing the pick-and-roll, he has a solid foundation to build on. But he is inconsistent in the post and is foul-prone. "It could be years with him," says an NBA executive. "But with that body, someone will take a flier."

VASILIJE MICIC

PG, SERBIA

The 19-year-old Micic is a crafty playmaker who has had a long tenure on Serbia's national team. At 6'4", he fits the NBA's big-point-guard mold, with a perimeter game that extends beyond the three-point line. Still, scouts have questioned his athleticism and his defense, particularly his ability to stay in front of smaller points.

ALESSANDRO GENTILE

SG/SF, ITALY

Gentile, 21, has been playing professionally for five years. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, he's a swingman who puts the ball on the floor, relishes contact and has a range of sophisticated moves around the rim. On the down side Gentile is a streaky shooter, and he doesn't have a great burst on his first step.

RASMUS LARSEN

PF, DENMARK

Injuries kept the 6'11", 210-pound Larsen off the NBA's radar last season, but what scouts have seen, they've liked. The 19-year-old can score inside and out and has the potential to be a superior interior defender. NBA executives want to see Larsen exhibit these skills night-in, night-out in the Spanish ACB league this season.

PHOTOSAM FORENCICH/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (SARIC)PHOTOJORDAMOVIC SAMIR/FIBA EUROPE (NURKIC)PHOTOPEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/SIPA (MICIC)PHOTOLUCA SGAMELLOTTI/EB/GETTY IMAGES (GENTILE)PHOTOGINTARAS SIUPARYS/FIBA EUROPE (LARSEN)