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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Tyler Ennis

Posted By Kevin O'Connor On June 6, 2014 @ 9:00 am In General | No Comments

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 [1] when they make their two selections in the first round.


Position: Point guard
School: Syracuse
Age: 19
Height: 6-foot-2.5
Weight: 181 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-7

Key 2013-14 stats: 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 2.1 steals

Scouting report: Pure point guards are an endangered species in the NBA, but Ennis is one of them. He’€™s a pass-first pure point guard that utilizes excellent ball-handling skills to create space, which usually leads to open looks for teammates.

Ennis had a highly efficient 3.22 assist-to-turnover ratio, but his statistics probably would’€™ve been even more impressive had better perimeter shooters surrounded him. Of course, he probably will have that in the NBA, which bodes well for his potential as a distributor.

That increased spacing will also create opportunities for him as a scorer, since he is quite a solid shooter, at 35.3 percent from 3 last year. The Syracuse product is impressive off the dribble, which is normal for point guards, but he can also shoot off the catch, allowing him to play off-ball in a number of different situations.

Ennis is only an average defender and lacks a spectacular first step, so he probably won’€™t ever become one of the NBA’s top point guards, but he’€™s going to be a good backup, at worst, with the ceiling of a high-end starter.

How he fits: Ennis would give the Celtics [1] an immediate upgrade at the backup point guard position, and a potential heir apparent to Rajon Rondo [2], if he’€™s traded.

Related articles:

Toronto Sun [3]: Dream come true for Tyler Ennis working for the Raptors

ZagsBlog [4]: Boeheim discusses Ennis’ decision to go pro

Video: Here is a highlight reel of Ennis’€™ game versus Duke.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics [1] for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA [5].)

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