Aggressive scorer in transition offense
Is always looking to score in the paint in transition.
A true point forward, with suave handling ability, and confidence in being a floor general & scorer
Has a nice, compact, stroke, and great range from beyond the arc (34% 3FG on 102 attempts this season)
Will dribble & pull up from the 3-point arc with ease & confidence
Has a step back 3 point shot
Can drive/handle with his left, and could finish with his left
Is a chase down defender on turnovers
Rim protector due to his length
Often bites on the handler in the PnR, and will get beat in the lane against speedy guards
Could improve his court awareness on offense to distribute the ball more
Will only finish with the left hand when there is slight contention or out of absolute desperation
Uses his length as a shot deterrent, rather than for actual shot contention
Lack of athleticism, especially in lateral movements or when defending the 1v1
The lack of aggressiveness on the defensive end
Needs to show more defensive ability rather than relying on his wingspan
Passes can be erratic and too fast at times
Nikola is a prototypical modern-day forward that combines length, skill, and IQ. With a score-first mentality, especially in transition and in PnR action, he can create for himself or set up his teammates. Given that he will only be 19 years of age in his first NBA season, the upside that he can provide to a team in the immediate future, makes him one of the more exciting prospects of this draft.
ABA League Top Prospect (2022)
Junior ABA League champion (2022 & 2021)
Junior ABA League Ideal Starting Five (2022 & 2021)
Junior ABA League MVP (2021)
U19 World Cup All-Tournament Team (2021)
Jovic is an above average versatile defender, ranking in the 61st percentile of wings. He is much better defending ball handlers, and in switches. He only allowed 39% from 2, and forced a decent amount of turnovers.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.