Pelicans 2nd round pick makes his point in FIBA ​​EuroBasket

The New Orleans Pelicans have a ton of young talent and more on the way.

In addition to young players who were already on their roster, the Pels added Dyson Daniels, EJ Liddell and Karlo Matkovic in the 2022 NBA draft.

Matkovic is an interesting Croatia prospect the Pelicans have taken with the 52nd pick in the draft.

Matkovic impressed in his pro workouts, showing improved shooting to go along with his athleticism and shot blocking and the Pels were happy to have him at the end of the second round.

He currently plays for Croatia in the FIBA ​​EuroBasket, one of the few Pelicans who have played international games this summer.

Matkovic is far from making the rotation right away, but is arguing for a two-way contract and a possible recall at some point next season.

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Matkovic is obviously not going to play the right way, as the Pels’ rotation is currently loaded to the point where there will be good players who will be left out of the rotation entirely.

Karlo is used to it, as Croatia have a very good squad with several NBA players including Dario Saric, Ivica Zubac and Bojan Bogdanovic, who was recently attached to the Pelicans in trade rumours.

Matkovic had to fight for minutes, but he made the most of those he got, averaging eight points and 3.5 rebounds in just over 15 minutes per game. He had some great outings, scoring in double figures three times in six games, including a 17-point, four-rebound game in a win over Estonia.

He only took one three-point shot, but he showed his athleticism, catching lobs and blocking shots (you can see a few highlights here), three things that could possibly earn him minutes with the Pelicans, especially if he shows he can shoot the ball at 3 to accompany his game over the edge.

New Orleans already has young players contributing to the roster with Herb Jones, Jose Alvarado and Trey Murphy III and are set to add even more as guys like Dyson Daniels and Karlo Matkovic are going to be hard to ignore. .

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