With the 2014 NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we’re providing you with refreshers on all of the European prospects hoping to hear their names called. Next up, Artem Klimenko.
Draft Express Rank: 38
Draft Express Projection: 37 to Toronto Raptors.
Club: Avtodor Saratov
Season: Won the Russian Superleague with Avtodor (for non-European readers this is the second tier for Russian clubs after the VTB League)
Notable personal honours: Defensive MVP of 2012 Adidas EuroCamp
Bear in mind: Klimenko lacks the beef of Nurkic but won’t be expected to contribute to the same degree so soon. If the Russian goes to Toronto, he’s going to have time to develop and potentially fill out.
So how good is he? Here’s the DraftExpress take: