Smodis has succeeded David Andersen
this season (actually when the Aussie fell injured in the past season) as the main frontcourt reference for CSKA. His offensive versatility, intelligence and defensive work are priceless for his team. Perhaps Matjaz didnt deliver his best games of the season, also losing his temper a bit too easily in some stretches during the final, but he was a steady performer for the Russian team.
The 6-9 Slovenian is a typical modern power forward that rolls out to the three-point line whenever the point guard commands both bigs to offer him picks (while Savrasenko, Van Den Spiegel and even Andersen, when both share the floor, roll inside in this setting). He enjoys a very reliable three-point stroke, particularly in spot-up fashion from the top of the key, which greatly helps his team to open the floor and allows the playmaker and the other big man to easily perform a classic pick-and-roll to finish under the basket.
Still, despite enjoying this nice jumper, Smodis never passes up on an opportunity to score in the low post. Hes a very tough guy who loves to bang and use his body to gain space and release his jump-hooks. He can also put the ball on the floor, but hes not the most prolific guy around trying to attack his opponent from the perimeter. On defense, Smodis delivers that same toughness, good positioning and quick moves for a big guy.
NBA-wise, hes not the most intriguing guy, as hes undersized and not particularly athletic. But his versatile skill set, basketball IQ and toughness playing the game would surely help him make a living in the American league if he so desired.