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NBA Draft 2014: Artem Pustovyi

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Over the next days, I will post some Draft profiles of automatically eligible players that are not that well known. To start this little series, I will speak about the Ukrainian big guy Artem Pustovyi.

Profile

  • Name: Artem Pustovyi (UKR)
  • Date of birth: 25th June 1992
  • Current Team: Khimik Yuzhny (UKR)
  • Stats: 33gms, 6.4ppg (60.3% FGs – 66.7% FTs), 3.8rpg, 1.0bpg in 13.4mpg (Ukrainian Superleague)

Body Measurements (from Adidas Eurocamp)

  • Height with shoes: 2m20 – 7 feet 1.5 inch
  • Wingspan: 2m24 – 7 feet 4.25 inch
  • Reach: 2m83 – 9 feet 6 inch
  • Weight: 102kg – 224 lbs

Athletic testing results (from Adidas Eurocamp)

  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.598 seconds
  • Lane Agility: 12.062 seconds
  • Reaction shuttle: 3.152 seconds
  • No step vertical: 39cm – 15.5 inch
  • Approach vertical: 60cm – 23.5 inch


Artem Pustovyi is a really long center who has interesting potential on the long term because of his body. Quite coordinated and capable of running the floor, Pustovyi is a player who can be useful over short stretches as underline his numbers from the Ukrainian league where he averages 19.1 points per 40 minutes. He plays though only 13 minutes per game. The Ukrainian player, who is a prospect that is capable of scoring the basketball in the paint, has quite a correct shooting stroke but lacks a bit of touch if he goes further away. This makes it difficult for him to be a regular scorer on the jump hook out of the low post. Because of his limited physical development, he avoids contact during moments. On the defensive end, Pustovyi is capable to be a factor as shot blocker (1 blk per 13 minutes of playing time) because of his great length but he could be even more effective if he becomes more explosive.

View from Ukraine (by Oleksandr Proshuta)

Artem Pustovyi is long-term draft-prospect, but for the last years (He was in Treviso 3 times) he hasn’t made significant step forward.

The first and the main problem is his frame, he can’t add weight. During the last years, as I know, they tried different methods in Khimik, but results was not so big, like e.g. Alex Len had in Maryland (he only added 11lbs in 2 years according to Eurocamp measurements). Pustovyi isn’t strong either in his upper nor in lower body and it’s the main reason that can stop him from getting to a higher level.

He has excellent length, can play in the low-post, has a decent mid-range shot and is very good in catching lob passes. But he was already good in it 1-2 years ago, but didn’t step up last year. His team, Khimik, had immediate results as priority, played with lots of foreigners and Pustovyi didn’t have enough time to show his skills in Eurocup or even in key games in Superleague. He was powerful in games where he played versus young centers.
For me, he has no chances to be drafted.

Oleksandr Proshuta is a basketball editor of iSport.ua

NBA Draft 2014 Outlook

Workouts: none reported so far

Artem Pustovyi offers an interesting physical profile but his lack of development both physically and basketball wise are a concern. He might get a look at the end of the second round for a Draft-and-stash but he will most likely go undrafted.

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