NBA Draft 2013: Flip Saunders compares Sergey Karasev to Toni Kukoc

Greg Fiume

The new Timberwolves GM is a fan of the Russian teenager, who may be a possibility for Minnesota at No. 9.

Sergey Karasev, a 19-year-old Russian teenager, has been rising on draft boards over the past few weeks.

One NBA decision-maker who's clearly a fan is Flip Saunders, the new GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He posted a quick scouting report of Karasev on his Twitter account on Friday:

Karasev played for a Russian team last year, averaging 16 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game on 44-percent shooting.

What has to be really intriguing for Minnesota, a team desperately in need of outside shooting, was his 49-percent mark from beyond the 3-point line last season.

In its latest mock draft, DraftExpress projects Minnesota taking Shabazz Muhammad with Karasev falling to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 15.

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