Yesterday everyone decided the Milwaukee Bucks were really quite interested in Sergey Karasev, despite word not getting out too strongly prior and Milwaukee not bringing the Russian forward in for a workout at the Cousins Center. But this sure seems like a real thing:
Milwaukee has discussed switching draft spots (15 for 13) with Dallas to solidify itself to take Russian Sergey Karasev, sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
Woj later went on to say that Milwaukee is concerned that 13 isn’t high enough to land the 19-year-old small forward prospect.
As noted, Karasev did not work out in Milwaukee prior to the draft, but that doesn’t mean the Bucks aren’t familiar with him. According to Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee saw Karasev in person in April:
Karasev did not work out in Milwaukee, but Bucks officials are quite familiar with him and watched him at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland in April.
The widely held belief over the past couple weeks is that the Bucks were going to select a guard, with both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings entering various forms of free agency within the next week. Shane Larkin and Dennis Schröeder had been hot names, with wing Glen Rice Jr. thought to be in the mix when the Bucks pick 15 as well. As recently as yesterday, DraftExpress.com had Milwaukee taking Shabazz Muhammad at 15, while ESPN had Larkin landing in Milwaukee.
Draft Express labeled Karasev the most productive young prospect in all of European basketball in April, noting that at age 19, he had already led Russia’s top basketball league in scoring. Regarding his play at the Hoop Summit, DX had this to say:
When Karasev did attack, he showed deft touch on his pull-up jump shot and the ability to create for teammates. Lacking great foot speed and strength, particularly as a finisher around the rim, Karasev is not a prolific threat off the bounce one-on-one, but can take what defenders give him.