|NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder||06.27.13 at 11:50 am ET|
Celtics fans, you might want to get used to hearing the name Dennis Schroeder.
There are just a few hours left until the 2013 NBA draft, but there is a near consensus among many of the mock drafts done by major outlets — including ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The Washington Post, DraftExpress.com and NBAdraft.net — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.
WEEI.com profiled Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, on Monday.
Playing with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a 19-year-old in Germany this season, Schroeder averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing nearly 25 minutes. Some reports indicate that while his size and decision-making capabilities could stand to be improved, scouts are drawn to his 6-foot-8 wingspan — a solid half-foot more than his height.
There are some dissenters, however.
The Celtics could choose Jamaal Franklin, the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sees it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led San Diego State in points (16.6), rebounds (9.4), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) as a junior in 2012-13.
The draft begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN; WEEI-AM 850).
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: San Diego State SG Jamaal Franklin||06.14.13 at 12:07 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Shooting guard
School: San Diego State
Weight: 205 pounds
Achievements: Mountain West All-Conference first team (2013, 2012), Mountain West Player of the Year (2012), AP All-America honorable mention (2012) Mountain West All-Tournament Team (2012)
Key 2012-13 stats: 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals
What he brings: Franklin has good size for an NBA shooting guard and uses that and his athleticism to get to the rim and draw fouls. He averaged 8.2 free throw attempts per 40 minutes last season and was aggressive in transition. He improved significantly at his passing in his junior season, as he improved from 1.9 assists per to 4.0 assists per 40 minutes. However, he is not a great perimeter shooter, making only 23.7 percent of his shots in catch-and-shoot situations.
On the defensive end, Franklin is uses his good motor to make plays. He recorded 2.0 steals per 40 minutes last season and used his quickness to jump into passing lanes. However, he gets overaggressive at times and can get beat off the dribble. His biggest impact comes on the defensive glass, as he averaged 9.4 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes, which puts him among the top rebounding shooting guards in the class.
Notes: Franklin, who declared for the draft after his junior season, missed the draft combine due to a sprained ankle. He was scheduled to visit with the Celtics but a workout was in question. … As a freshman, Franklin was a bit player on a team that went 34-3 and received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion UConn. He became a starter as a sophomore and led the Aztecs back to the NCAAs the last two seasons, although they were not able to get past the opening weekend.
Video: Here’s a highlight package from Franklin’s 2012-13 season.