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: Small forward/power forward
Weight: 241 pounds
Achievements: 2012 Big East Player of the Year, 2012 All-America second team (AP, Sporting News)
Key 2011-12 stats: 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 32.9 minutes, 2.5 steals
What he brings: Crowder is an undersized forward who will likely struggle defensively at the NBA level due to his lack of size and quickness. Crowder is not athletic enough to be a consistent performer at the next level and lacks explosiveness.
However, what Crowder lacks in size and quickness he has in effort and toughness, as he is strong for a player his size and will be an energy player off the bench. He is a smart player who will fight through contact to finish his shot and has decent range as a shooter. He will never be a star at the NBA level, but Crowder could be an undersized sparkplug off the bench.
Where the Celtics could get him: Crowder is projected to be selected in the back half of the second round.
Notes: Crowder was named the 2012 Reese’s College All-Star Game MVP. … Before joining Marquette in 2010, Crowder led Howard County Junior College to its first NJCAA men’s college basketball title and was named 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year. ‘¦ His father, Corey Crowder, played briefly in the NBA for the Jazz and Spurs.
Video: Here is a quick look at what Crowder has to offer.