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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgian F Tornike Shengelia

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics [1] own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins [2] trade) and 51.


Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Charleroi (Belgium)

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 228 pounds

Key 2011-12 stats: 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 45.2 FG%

What he brings: Shengelia brings a lot of energy to the floor and possesses upside both at the offensive and defensive end. Although he’€™s 6-foot-9, he can play on the low post and with his back to the basket as he has an array of moves and excellent footwork. He’€™s also a very solid rebounder and has the ability to see the floor and pass with ease to his teammates.

Shengelia displays tremendous size and has the versatility to play both small forward and power forward in the NBA with his combination of strength and agility. He has a high motor that helps him get end to end fairly quickly and crash the glass with efficiency. He pulled down 9.2 rebounds per 40 minutes in the Euroleague, which is one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Shengelia’€™s worst attribute appears to be his outside shot, which he hasn’€™t been able to hit with consistency. That will likely need to improve at the next level for him to see the floor consistently as a role player. Defensively Shengelia is solid but will need to improve there as well to reach his full potential.

Where the Celtics could get him: Shengelia is projected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: Shengelia is a member of the Georgian national team. ‘€¦ He played consistent minutes in 2011-12 for the Belgian club Spirou Basket Charleroi in the Euroleague. ‘€¦ He finished second in camp MVP voting at the adidas Eurocamp in 2012.

Video: Here’€™s a closer look at Shengelia in action with the Georgian national team.