|NBA draft prospect profile: Wisconsin PF/C Frank Kaminsky||06.22.15 at 10:38 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2015 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics own two picks in each of the two rounds (16, 28, 33 and 45 overall).
Position: Power forward/center
Weight: 230 pounds
Key 2014-15 stats: 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 54.7 field goal percentage
Scouting report: Kaminsky is a fundamentally sound big man with some of the most refined offensive skills in the draft. The Wisconsin product can post up on either block, score with both hands and hit the mid-range jumper. Kaminsky also can knock down the trey, as he converted on 41.6 percent of his attempts last season. Though he lacks quickness and athleticism, he is compensated with an extremely high basketball IQ. One of Kaminsky’s biggest strengths is his court vision, a skill that sets him apart from other big men in the draft.
Kaminsky’s greatest weaknesses stem from his lack of athleticism, quickness and length, all of which will present him with severe defensive limitations, according to scouts. The projected first-round pick also has drawn concerns about his offensive viability. He was a product of a particular offensive scheme in Wisconsin, and many NBA executives have anointed him a one-trick pony incapable of thriving in a faster-paced NBA.
Although Kaminsky traditionally has played center, he expects to transition into a niche role as a stretch four once he gets drafted.
“I’d rather have the offensive game translate and then be able to figure out the defense,” he said. “I feel like that’s easier for me than being the defensive specialist and figuring my way offensively.”
Notes: Kaminsky was the national player of the year for a number of outlets in 2015, including the Associated Press and Sporting News. Additionally, the Illinois native took home the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Oscar Robertson Award. He was a first-team All-American and led the Badgers to the NCAA title game against Duke, where his team eventually fell short. Kaminsky was the only player in Division 1 to average 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks for the entire season.
The New York Times: Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky Takes Pride in Growing Up
|Weekly NBA Draft Watch: Final Four players to watch||04.05.14 at 10:07 pm ET|
We have reached a new low people! A home loss to Philly with Rondo active. Excellent. #celtics
‘ Julian Edlow (@julianedlow) April 5, 2014
That is my tweet following Friday night’s nine-point Celtics loss to the 76ers in a game in which Boston was favored by double digits. And after sleeping on it, I feel even more strongly that this was the C’s best loss of the season.
Now sitting alone in the fourth lottery position, Boston is coming off of a crushing blowout at the hands of the Wizards and an embarrassing home loss to Philly. Seriously, everyone who came off the Sixers bench I had to Google to find out who they were. This season is not worth trying to figure out anymore.
The only thing worth understanding? Nothing is more valuable than losing these final games. Boston could realistically finish with anywhere from the fourth-best to seventh-best lottery odds, it’s that tight. Look, it sucks to cheer for your team to lose, I get that, but it’s almost over. Next year the Celts are going to be on the rise whether Danny Ainge uses his draft picks or trades them. So if you truly bleed green, you can cheer for just a few more losses before we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But is anyone even paying attention? The Red Sox are kicking off their World Series defense, the Bruins are at the same point of the season as the Celtics, only as the top team in the East, and the Patriots are working out some of the top quarterbacks in May’s draft.
Honestly, there is nothing on the court worth watching right now when it comes to Celtics basketball. The highlight of the last couple of months came on Monday when Rajon Rondo was in the booth calling the first half of Celtics vs. Bulls. The next big date for the Celtics is May 20 — the draft lottery. So here is something short term and something long term for Celtics fans to pay attention to until the big date.
In the short term, well, fortunately, we have the Final Four. This is our last chance to watch college hoops until next season, at the price of many of the top prospects already being sent home. But Kentucky is an interesting team to watch simply because of Julius Randle. A lot can happen between now and June, but right now Randle is expected to be about the fifth pick in the draft — the Celtics are expected to hold about the fifth pick in the draft. See the connection there?
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