At six-feet tall, Siva may be undersized, but he would be a can’t-miss selection at number 22 for the Nets in the upcoming NBA Draft.
In his senior season at Louisville, Siva averaged 10 points, 5.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
If there is any uncertainty about whether or not Brooklyn reserve point guard Tyshawn Taylor will be ready to step into the backup role that C.J. Watson would leave if he decides not to pick up his option this summer, Siva would definitely be able to answer the call.
For starters, Siva played all four years of college ball. Players who do this usually aren’t as raw as others who leave early and tend to make solid impacts almost immediately in the NBA. Simply put, they’re more mature and have a better understanding of the game as a whole.
Also, we can’t forget who coached Siva for all four of those years.
Rick Pitino’s still regarded as one of the top coaches in all of NCAA hoops. Someone like Siva who was under his tutelage for four years is bound to have an outstanding basketball IQ at just 22-years-old.
What quality makes Siva the most attractive, though?
He shows no fear when the lights shine their brightest. In last year’s national championship game against Michigan, Siva refused to back down to the National Player of the Year, his counterpart, Trey Burke.
Burke put up 24 points on the night, but Siva responded with a much-needed 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steal efforts in 36 minutes, as he led his team to victory.
This young man can play. If the Nets were to draft him, he would not disappoint.