They Smell Like the Future: Art Parakhouski

Posted by Rob Mahoney on June 20, 2010 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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Radford Senior
6’11.75”, 268 lbs (Combine measurements)
22 years old
Center
Projection: Second rounder

Artsiom Parakhouski is not a name that inspires fear. Hell, it’s not really a name that inspires much of anything. As a seven-foot Belarusian playing for a college most basketball fans haven’t even heard of, it would take something truly remarkable to bring Art to prominence. Fantastic Parakhouski is not, but when the Mavs are picking 20 selections into the second round, they aren’t really looking for something glittering in the muck.

Instead, if they can come out of the draft with a center who can sop up some minutes for minimal salary, it has to be considered a minor victory. Art can be that guy. He won’t necessarily come into the league as a pre-packaged low-post option, but he’s a rapidly improving big man that’s still learning the game. He picked up basketball late, and it shows. It also means he has plenty of room to grow from this point on, even at 22.

Art’s not an incredible athlete, but he’s also no stiff. He’s not a gazelle, but Parakhouski has the mobility necessary to develop into a reasonably effective defender. Obviously he’s not there now — how many big men are coming out of college? — but with decent burn in summer league and maybe a D-League assignment, Art could show some defensive improvement by the end of the season. He’s never going to be quick enough to be anything more than average in pick-and roll-coverage and the like, but that’s all it would take to turn Parakhouski into a useful NBA center.

While I wouldn’t necessarily say that Art is raw offensively, his skills are obviously a work in progress. He’s capable of making his open looks, can finish with authority on occasion, and does show elementary form on a few solid moves.

Regardless, Parakhouski comes in as an NBA-ready rebounder. Art hit the boards against weak and strong opponents alike, and no matter how you slice and dice his rebounding numbers, they hold. Overall rebounds per game? Art was tops in all of college basketball at 13.4. Calculate his rebounds per minute instead? He was merely fourth overall. Adjust for pace? He drops to sixth…such a disappointment. Only the sixth best rebounder in college basketball with the 50th pick.

Art isn’t an exciting prospect, even if he is a solid rebounder and well-sized to man the middle. His development could take some time, and even if Parakhouski turns out to be a legit NBA player, it’s likely he’d cap as a spot contributor. There’s nothing wrong with that. The Mavs shouldn’t be looking for permanent fixtures this late in this draft, but if Art could manage to stick on the roster as a third center, then yahtzee.

2009-2010 Traditional Per Game and Per 40 Minute Stats:

PTSREBASTTOBLKFG%3FG%
Per Game21.413.41.12.42.1.581.250
Per 4024.615.41.22.82.4------

2009-2010 Per Possession Stats (Offense):

TS%eFG%ORB%TO%AST%FTRUSG%
58.658.415.614.07.365.827.9

2009-2010 Per Possession Stats (Defense):

STL%BLK%DRB%
0.96.023.6

Other People:

Matt Kamalsky, Draft Express: “Artsiom Parakhouski is the second highest usage player in our rankings at 19.8 possessions per-game. He ranks a bit below average in his overall field goal shooting (53.4), but turned the ball over at an alarmingly low 13.2% rate. Playing in a small conference, many teams chose to hack the Belarus native in the post, and that shows in his 17.7% shots-fouled rate with his back to the basket (1st). He attempted the second most jump shots per game at 1.6 per-contest, hitting just 33% of those shots, but showing potential in the process. Unfortunately, he really struggled when finishing at the rim, scoring just 1.15 PPP (2nd worst).”

Matt Kamalsky, Draft Express: “Probably the best showcase of Parakhouski’s potential physical impact at the next level was his matchup against fellow prospect Cole Aldrich and the Jayhawks. Parakhouski was bothered by Aldrich’s length on a number of occasions, but saw success against him when he was able to establish deep position. On a number of possessions, Aldrich forced Parakhouski to be a finesse player, something he’s shown the potential to be, but not with any sort of efficiency.

Moving forward, that may be one of the more important developments Parakhouski is yet to make. His size affords him a ton of success against the average NCAA center, and he’s become especially decisive on the block. His poise on the block and ability to get to the line account for his increased scoring average, but Parakhouski continues to show flashes of potential as a shooter.”

Supplementary Materials:

Video from Draft Express.

Stats courtesy of Draft Express and Stat Sheet.