Jan Vesely finally made his 2013 debut Tuesday night in Dallas, recording no stats in 79 seconds of action. If this is going to be his breakout season, the breaking hasn’t quite started yet.
Nevertheless, there’s at least one person extremely enthusiastic about Vesely’s potential. I’m referring, of course, to David Arcas, a writer for El Mundo Madridista.com. In Arcas’s piece about Vesely, we learn that Real Madrid will likely be losing star Nicola Mirotic to the NBA, that the club and Vesely’s agent are willing to negotiate his return to Europe to play for Real, that he’s lost playing time to Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington, that he doesn’t have the support of his coach or his team, and that there could be competition from Turkish and Russian clubs for Vesely’s services.
Most importantly, Arcas summed up Vesely’s skills:
The Czech power forward is a young player with the brute athletic ability to play this sport. Near the basket, he is practically unstoppable, thanks to his energy and explosiveness. A great counterattack player and with the pick and roll, a good offensive rebounder. Reads the game well and is a genuine beast on defense. Being very fast on defensive shifts allows him to follow the other team’s playmakers. He has tremendous potential, but needs to improve his mid-range shot and his poor 50 percent free throw shooting.
I agree that he needs to improve his free throw shooting.
(Thanks to James Wagner for the translation. Via @Luke_Mellow.)