The most recent mock draft from DraftExpress has the Celtics selecting 6’9″ point-forward Giannis Adetokunbo, whom Danny Ainge was reportedly scouting a few months ago. Here’s the latest on him from Jonathan Givony:
Starting at the power forward spot but regularly bringing the ball up the floor, he turned in a solid, albeit unspectacular performance, finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists by our count while putting many of his strengths and weaknesses on display for those in attendance.
Acting as a facilitator for his team in the half court and making a number of impressive plays in the open floor, Adetokunbo didn’t look out of place competing with players one year his senior in most cases, but his lack of experience was evident. He had a number of rebounds ripped away from him, didn’t always finish strong around the basket, and airballed a 3-pointer on one occasion–but later smoothly knocked down another. Directing his teammates as Greece ran its sets, Adetokunbo has a unique feel for the game considering his age and athleticism, and is undoubtedly a special talent, but is definitely still in the early stages of his development.
This is a “weak” draft but I’m not a fan of taking Adetokunbo at 16. While Adetokunbo is talented, he’s extremely raw and nowhere close to NBA ready. According to Chris Mannix, one scout said Adetokunbo’s competition in Greece last season was comprised of “Division III-type guys.” If the Celtics intend on taking Adetokunbo I think they can trade down and still get him, but I can’t say I’m excited about the prospect of bringing another project on board.
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