NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Butler G Shelvin Mack
|06.13.11 at 11:35 am ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 215 pounds
Stats: 16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg
What he brings: Two years ago, it would have been surprising to say the least that one of the draft’s most popular names would come from Butler of all places. But after two consecutive NCAA championship game appearances, that’s what we have in Mack, who enters the draft after three years in school. At 6-foot-3, he’d be well-sized for an NBA point guard but with his score-first skill set, he might project more as a small shooting guard, a la Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry in Golden State.
As he took on more responsibility in the Butler offense last season, his efficiency numbers took a small hit (field goal percentage dropped from .454 to .408, 3-point percentage from .391 to .354) but he would not be asked to take as big of a load in his first few NBA seasons. On the defensive end, his height and strength allowed him to cover bigger small forwards in college, but he is not believed to have the quickness to cover professional point guards.
Where the Celtics could get him: Second round
What they’re saying: “He’s a guy that can handle the ball, he can dribble, pass and shoot. He has great strength, he has an NBA body, and he’s going to be able to play throughout the course of an 82-game season. He also performs at his best against the highest level and always has.” – Butler coach Brad Stevens
Notes: Mack played second fiddle to Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard in college, so demanding the ball so that he might put up points shouldn’t be an immediate problem. Mack acknowledged in an Associated Press story that he is prepared to play as few as two minutes in the NBA or even head to Europe if he were to go undrafted.
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