NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: N.C. State F T.J. Warren
|06.02.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
School: N.C. State
Weight: 220 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 24.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 31.3 PER
Scouting report: It’s a shame that T.J. Warren has one of the most broken jump shots of all potential first-round picks, because he’d have superstar potential if he was reliable from the perimeter. Unfortunately, Warren is a 26.7 percent 3-point shooter and needs loads of work to fix his slow, clunky and inconsistent release.
However, Warren has excellent instincts and knows how to score from mid-range and near the rim like a classic scorer. The 20-year-old is able to create space off the ball by utilizing intelligent cuts, and he’s able to score with the ball because of his ability to ram his way to the rim with both strength and finesse.
Warren isn’t much of a defender, athlete or defensive rebounder, which regrettably lowers his stock. He’s a ‘tweener, but doesn’t appear to have the skills to defend either forward position at a high level, since he lacks the lateral quickness necessary to defend 3’s and the power and length to defend 4’s. His average vertical also hurts his rebounding, though it’s his unwillingness to box out that hurts him more than anything else.
How he fits: Warren is certainly worth a look with a mid-first-rounder because of his high upside on the offensive end. If he’s able to add a solid perimeter jumper to his arsenal, he could turn into a lethal scorer, and the Celtics won’t find many of those outside of the lottery.
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Video: Here is a video of T.J. Warren’s pre-draft workout.