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