Like the Utah Jazz, the Toronto Raptors are on the come up. And also like the Jazz, they could benefit from more depth at the wing spots.
Kansas’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is an intriguing prospect because he’s only 19 years old despite having played three seasons of college basketball. Mykhailiuk came to Kansas as a 17-year old from Ukraine and has finally found a role for himself this season as a knock down outside shooter who can provide some secondary ballhandling. As a junior, he has made 42.3 percent of his 104 3-point attempts. He is now a career 38.7 3-point shooter from the college arc. Mykhailiuk has also shown flashes of the ability to attack off the dribble this season, a skill that has intrigued scouts during his play in international competitions.
Mykhailiuk’s deficiencies mostly relate to his floor game. This season, he’s averaging 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.3 blocks per 40 minutes. Given a larger role, it’s possible that his assist numbers could increase, but he hasn’t shown it so far in college. Defensively, Mykhailiuk’s effort comes and goes. Occasionally, he shows the ability to stay in front of his man and force a pass rather than a shot, but all too often, he allows his defender space to get a shot off.
Still, because of his outside shooting at 6-foot-8 and the lack of wings generally available, Mykhailiuk figures to be a worthy investment.
Learn more about Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk on The Step Back.