NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Czech PG/SG Tomas Satoransky
|06.26.12 at 4:20 pm ET|
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 own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Point guard/shooting guard
Team: Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)
Weight: 201 pounds
Achievements: 2010 ACB slam dunk contest champion
Key 2011-12 stats: 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 43.5 FG%, 17.0 minutes
What he brings: Satoransky is a Czech-born playmaking guard who has a high basketball IQ. He brings energy to the court, giving him the potential to be solid option off the bench. At 6-foot-7, Satoransky has very good size for his position, and his dunking ability will make him a fan favorite wherever he lands.
However, Satoransky still needs to get stronger before he will be ready for the NBA, as he is beanpole thin and will get pushed around. Satoransky needs to improve his outside shooting as well, and tends to be beaten off the dribble by quicker, smaller guards. Satoransky still has plenty of work ahead but could be a backup guard at the next level after a couple of additional years in Europe.
Where the Celtics could get him: Satoransky is projected to be taken late in the second round.
Notes: Satoransky made a name for himself with his performance at the 2009 Eurocamp, when he shined as a 17-year-old playing against mostly older players. But he hasn’t shown enough consistency, especially with his jump shot, playing professionally in Spain.
Video: Here is a package of Satoransky highlights from last year’s Eurocup final.