“Super Mario”, as he’s known abroad, is becoming less and less of a mystery as Summer League rolls on. The self-confident young guard, whose been dubbed “Europe’s Kobe Bryant Wanna-Be”, has already turned heads. In just his first outing, Magic rookie Mario Hezonja knocked down a game-winning three to sink the Clippers in overtime. And he didn’t stop there.
The 20-year-old Croatian and No. 5 pick in the Draft is averaging 13 points a game in Summer League so far and getting his buckets in style. Watch him channel that inner (young) Kobe and dunk all over Oklahoma City in the video above. Later in the same game, Hezonja proved he could do it off the lob as well:
One thing’s for sure: Hezonja’s got the physical tools to succeed at the NBA level. And if you don’t believe it, you may just end up on a poster.