A Quick Update on Gladyr

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Two years ago the Hawks drafted Sergiy Gladyr with the 49th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. Gladyr has played the last two seasons in Spain and also joined the Hawks Summer League team in Las Vegas a year ago. Last week the Hawks Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft filled us in about his recent progress.

“He is going to play with his national team this year,” said Pendergraft. “Mike Fratello is the head coach so this will be a really good summer for him. He’s also going to play in the European Championships in Lithuania. Fortunately they’re in the same group, the same pool as Georgia, where Zaza’s from.”

Sergiy averaged just over 8 points per game last season in Spain. There are certain facets of his game that are already top-notch, but other areas still need some development.

“If the NBA was a game of H.O.R.S.E. you could bring him over now,” Pendergraft stated confidently. “Physically he needs to mature a little bit. The last two years, playing in the Manressa which is the ACB in Spain, which is one of the better leagues, has been invaluable to him. He’s athletic enough I think, his overall feel for the game right now is a little behind.”

If you are looking for more evidence of Gladyr’s shooting skills, here is video of him participating in the final round of the 2010 ACB three-point competition:

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