|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Campbell PF Eric Griffin||06.17.12 at 1:35 pm ET|
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: Power forward
Weight: 200 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Big South first team
Key 2011-12 stats: 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 61 FG%, 30.3 minutes
What he brings: Griffin is a high-flier with the kind of athleticism that wows NBA scouts. He is a long power forward who uses his length, quickness and supreme leaping ability to make highlight-reel plays at and around the rim. The 22-year-old has become a solid offensive post presence with a knack for establishing good position against stronger players and finishing with some basic, but effective moves. On defense, Griffin is mostly a shot-blocker who rotates nicely as well.
At the next level, the Campbell product will need to add bulk to his lanky frame and learn more versatile post moves. His strong work ethic is a positive to many scouts who see his raw athleticism and talent as something special. The biggest knock on Griffin is that he is only above-average in one aspect of his game, finishing at the rim. He will need to improve his all-around play to have an impact as something more than a spark off the bench in the NBA.
Where the Celtics could get him: The Celtics ended up with little to show for the first-round pick they used on high-flying but inexperienced Gerald Green in 2005. Griffin enters the draft older than Green was, but he’s still raw. He won’t cost as much — he’ll likely be around when the Celtics pick in Round 2 — so the C’s will have to decide if he’s worth that risk.
Notes: Griffin averaged career-high numbers in minutes (30.3), points (15.7) and rebounds (8.6) this past season and compiled 12 double doubles. … He attended two junior colleges, Hiwassee in Tennessee and Garden City in Kansas, before transferring to Campbell. … Griffin is looking to become the first Campbell product ever to play in the NBA.
Videos: Here’s a couple of impressive dunks from Griffin vs. North Carolina A&T.