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2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Oleksandr Lypovyy, Small Forward, BC Donetsk (Ukraine)

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Name: Oleksandr Lypovyy

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-8

Position: Small Forward

School/Country: BC Donetsk (Ukraine)

Latest Stats: N/A

 

Oleksandr Lypovyy is an intriguing prospect by way of BC Donetsk of the Ukraine. Olypovyy was named the MVP of the Adidas Eurocamp last June, just prior to the 2012 NBA Draft. Lypovyy however, was not entered into the field, but now at the age of 21 — he has made himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Lypoyvyy has excellent height for the perimeter, so there’s no doubt as to why he’s caught the eye of many NBA scouts at 6-foot-8. However, Lypovyy is going to have to hope that an NBA organization is sold on him and his rights because although he is a top 100 prospects, he has no guarantees to be drafted in June.

 

Strengths: Lypovyy is not a lights out shooter, but he can still launch from the outside. Lypovyy is a stout defender and he has the quickness and length to guard the perimeter particularly well. He’s good in pick and pop scenarios, so he forces defenders to defend him closely.

 

Weaknesses: Lypovyy still needs some work on the offensive end. He could use some work on his pull up jumper and if he could consistently get hot from the outside, he could be a valuable commodity down the line. Lypovyy needs to be more physical and show an all-around game with the ability to drive and take contact at the rim.

 

Draft Projection: Late Second Round to Undrafted

 

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