The Boston Celtics plan to work out 12 NBA draft prospects, including 6 point guards, between Friday and Saturday, as first reported by Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.
According to Holmes, the list of players includes Steven Adams (Pittsburg), Colton Iverson (Colorado State), Jeff Withey (Kansas), Greg Echenique (Creighton), Phil Pressey (Missouri), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Peyton Siva (Louisville), Pierre Jackson (Baylor), and Shane Larkin (Miami).
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics own the 16th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and are without a second round selection, but something tells me Maine Red Claws team president Bill Ryan Jr. will be in attendance.
Though Adams, Withey, Larkin, and even Jackson (climbing up draft boards, according to Chad Ford) are potential first-round draft picks, all but Larkin seem destined for the D-League for the foreseeable future.
It seems possible that Withey could carve out a role for himself as a defensive-minded center, but the other big guys appear to be project players (Adams and Iverson), or a poor man’s Ronny Turiaf (Echenrique).
Pressey and Siva are both undersized, turnover-prone point guards who, at best, are streaky shooters. There’s a name for those types of players: D-Leaguers. Kabongo is a correct-sized, turnover prone point guard who can’t shoot.
Larkin is an intriguing prospect, a dynamic athlete who ran the fasted 3/4 court sprint and jumped the highest at the NBA combine and is a master of the pick-and-roll game so prevalent in the NBA. Still, the Celtics, lest we forget, have one of the best point guard in the league, on one of the best contracts, who hates to come out of games. I don’t see Ainge drafting a back up point guard, unless Boston somehow adds a second-round pick. It’d be a waste of the 16th pick, when the Celtics could use a big body to shore up their frontcourt.