Heat draft Nikola Jovic with No. 27 pick

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The Miami Heat selected Serbian forward Nikola Jovic with the No. 27 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Jovic, who has a strikingly similar name to back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic, actually plays for the same Serbian team Jokic did before he arrived stateside: Mega Basket of the Adriatic League.

"I haven't met him; I've always wanted to," Jovic said of the Denver Nuggets superstar, according to EuroHoops. "I think he's one of the best centers ever. Everything he does for the Nuggets and Serbia. I love him."

In 25 games this past season, Jovic averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 42.8% from the field and 35.6% on 3-pointers.

Bio

Position: Forward
Team: Mega Basket (ABA)
College experience: N/A
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 210 lbs
Wingspan: 7 feet
Max vertical: N/A

Strengths

  • A patient player with a high basketball IQ
  • Strong playmaker for his size
  • Decent perimeter-oriented scorer
  • Capable of attacking the basket and draining shots off the dribble

Weaknesses

  • Somewhat turnover-prone
  • Can get pushed around on the defensive end
  • Lacks elite athleticism
  • Needs to bulk up his 6-foot-10 frame a bit
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