|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Ohio State G David Lighty||06.17.11 at 7:50 am ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
School: Ohio State
Weight: 220 pounds
Stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.3 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 42.9 3pt%
What he brings: Although he was somewhat overshadowed in the stat department by Buckeyes stars Jared Sullinger, William Buford and Jon Diebler, Lighty’s value stems from his NBA-ready defense and decision-making ability. The senior made very few mental mistakes last season and effectively led a young Ohio State squad with his experience and stability. NBA scouts have indicated they expect Lighty to bring the same kind of stability to the pros, and his combination of strong defense and steady 3-point shooting reminds some of Bruce Bowen.
On the other hand, past ACL and foot injuries have limited Lighty’s quickness, and he could struggle to make plays in transition. Lighty hasn’t shown the athleticism or ball-handling ability to make plays in one-on-one situations, and he likely would be a fourth or fifth scoring option on the floor. Still, he could end up being a Landry Fields-type second-round steal. That is, a hard-working, potential-packed player who understands his role and fits well into an NBA roster.
Where the Celtics could get him: Second round
What they’re saying: “I think they should put a statue in front of the Schottenstein Center of David Lighty, just what he’s meant to this program, not only on the court. I’ve always said this, David Lighty, he’s been here for five years and I don’t think he’s ever gotten close to the credit he deserves for the player he is, just the kid he is. You don’t do the things that he’s done during his career here.” — Ohio State coach Thad Matta
Notes: Lighty was recruited to Ohio State with Greg Oden, Daequan Cook and Mike Conley Jr. After the Buckeyes fell to Florida in the 2007 NCAA title game, Lighty stayed in school while the other three freshmen entered the NBA as first-round picks. The Spurs reportedly have interest in Lighty.
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