With the 19th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers added small forward Sergey Karasev from Russia.
Karasev has been considered as one of the best small forwards in the draft. He is heady, aggressive and comes equipped with one of the better shots from the wing position. At 6-foot-8-inches, the 19-year-old Karasev is athletic, can pass the ball and will help spread the floor for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. The Russian sharpshooter shot up boards only in April after a stellar performance at the Nike Hoop Summit, and is widely considered one of the more NBA-ready players in the draft.
Like Anthony Bennet, Karasev could struggle on defense early on. That said, he’s young, possesses a high basketball IQ, will be learning under Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and will be able to play instantly. Also, Karasev reportedly held his opposing shooters to a 28.6 field goal percentage on spot-ups, which ranked in the 95th percentile in all European competition.
It had been rumored that the Cavaliers would trade up to the No. 13 pick to secure Karasev, but it appears Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant played his cards right. The Cavaliers did not take on any additional contracts and still own picks No. 31 and 33.