Boston Celtics hold workouts for Tim Hardaway Jr, Reggie Bullock, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Glen Rice Jr, Dexter Strickland, Jackie Carmichael and Vincent Council
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In the midst of all the swirling speculation about the head coaching situation, it’s easy to lose focus on the upcoming draft. The Celtics, however, have not and are working out prospects.
“Today’s workout featured a mix of big men and shooting guards, including Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., North Carolina guards Reggie Bullock and Dexter Strickland, Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope, NBADL guard Glen Rice Jr., Illinois State power forward Jackie Carmichael and Providence point guard Vincent Council.”
These workouts echo earlier speculation that Boston would go with either a big or a guard in the draft. Rebuilding or not, the Celtics have holes at both positions and will need to fill them. One name on that list who intrigues me, and one that should intrigue Danny, is Kentavious Caldwell Pope.
A 6’6 Guard from Georgia, he’s a kid who I could definitely see fitting in on a bench that desperately needs the type of firepower he can produce. Draftexpress.com described him as an “excellent floor spacer” and someone whose best attribute is his ability to “make and create tough shots off the dribble.” Draft Express also noted that he’s made major improvements since his freshman year, possibly highlighting his willingness to work on his game. Most mock drafts have Pope being taken off the board somewhere in the mid to late lottery.
Still, the frontcourt remains the most pressing issue and has been for awhile. Guys like Gorgui Dieng and Rudy Gobert remain in play for the Celtics.
Gobert is perhaps the most interesting of the bigs who will be around the 16th pick. A 7’2 Center with enormous length and what Nbadraft.net described as a “solid shooting touch”, Gobert could definitely help a team that has struggled to produce any length on the court. Even with all of his length and size Gobert has been described as a project with a very skinny frame who is an average rebounder for someone of his stature. Most mock draft have Gobert going sometime in the early 20s.
Danny might not draft any of these players, but like any smart GM he’s exercising all of his options in what some may call a “weak draft.” Weak it may be, but it’s a draft full of intriguing players with skill-sets that could suit the Celtics right away and in the future. It seems prudent for the Celtics to work them out and see how they fit.