Jean-Charles could be 1-2 years away from joining Spurs

Livio Jean-CharlesSan Antonio Spurs draftee Livio Jean-Charles was immediately seen as a draft-and-stash when he was selected with the 28th pick by the Spurs.

When the Spurs usually take a European project in the draft, there’s no telling how long it can take for that player to develop before they are bought out or brought stateside. There is a long list of European players the Spurs have rights to that never did, and likely will never make it over.

But ASVEL’s president thinks Jean-Charles has been progressing rapidly and could be trading his green and black uniform in for silver and black, according to catch-and-shoot.com.

We are very happy. Livio has a lot of human qualities, is serious and hardworking. We must give credit to Peter Vincent who knew how to prepare him," said Gilles Moretton, president of ASVEL who receive $ 500 000 when the player will be" activated "in the number of Spurs.

For Jean-Charles should not play in the NBA next season. It should remain for another year or two years in Lyon-Villeurbanne.

Jean-Charles is very athletic and plays with a high motor on both ends of the court, but will need to work on a more consistent outside shot to play three in the NBA, or bulk up a bit to play at power forward. He has said in the past he would like to develop a game similar to that of French forward Nicolas Batum, whom the Spurs were close to drafting years ago.

The Spurs have been more hit than miss when it comes to bringing along young talent developing overseas. Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo were brought over when there wasn’t much growth left in their international careers. However, Ian Mahinmi seemed like a rushed signing several years ago.

The Spurs now have a wealth of young prospects including Davis Bertans, Adam Hanga and Ryan Richards overseas so they will keep a close eye on those three along with Jean-Charles.

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