NBA Draft

Scouting Report

After bursting on the scene in 2016 at the European U16s, where he averaged 20.2 points and 5.8 assists per 40 minutes as a 5-10 point guard, Zagars has continued to burnish his profile. Now 6-3 and 19 years old, Zagars pumped in 20 ppg for his Latvian team last season while doling out six assists per game. Zagars may look about 13 years old, but his game is at least twice that old.
The MVP of the 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship, Zagars really has the skill set of a 1 ½ -- a point guard who can create and make his own shot. An excellent ballhandler, Zagars is able to achieve separation off the dribble with clever feints and moves. Scouts also admire his ability to finish with both hands around the bucket and manipulate ball screens.
There has been about five inches of growth over the last three years for Zagars, which should have been expected. It hasn't quelled the fears of some scouts that he's going to struggle defensively against quicker NBA point guards who will be able to get a step on him consistently, but his ability on the offensive end will make him an attractive option for someone.
He's an efficient scorer who converts better than 39 percent from the 3-point line and hits better than 55 percent of his 2-pointers. Zagars doesn't need to get to the paint to find an open man off penetration, and his mix of confidence plus poise is exactly what coaches want from their point guard. In the right situation, he'll do an organization plenty of good.
Projection: Second Round/Free Agent
--Field Level Media

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