NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kansas G/F Andrew Wiggins
|06.10.14 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.
Weight: 200 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Scouting report: Of all the players in the 2014 NBA draft, none have been more scrutinized than Wiggins. The 19-year-old forward was expected to be the next LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but he didn’t flash that potential at Kansas. However, it was unfair to set the bar that high, since no scout thought he’d be that in the first place.
Wiggins did exactly what teams expected him to do, showing off his godlike athleticism, smooth shooting and defensive potential. He’s one of the best athletes in the draft, with long arms and a reportedly insane 44-inch vertical.
But he also has skill as a shooter, often displaying an effortless 3-point shot. He needs to improve his consistency, but his ability to drain perimeter jumpers off the catch and the dribble automatically gives him potential as a role player — at a minimum.
The main concerns with Wiggins are his high dribble and playmaking ability. Wiggins’ dribble is high, which means he tends to get so loose with the ball that defenders are able to strip him. His upright stance doesn’t allow him to change directions very quickly, so that limits his ability to create offense for himself and others.
How he fits: It’s unlikely we’ll see Wiggins in a Celtics uniform next season, but he’d provide the team a highly athletic player with elite upside on both ends of the floor.
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