|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Texas A&M SF Khris Middleton||06.17.12 at 7:15 am 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: Small forward
School: Texas A&M
Weight: 215 pounds
Achievements: 2011 All-Big 12 second team, 2011 USBWA All-District VII, 2011 NABC All-District 8 second team
Key 2011-12 stats: 13.2 points, 5.o rebounds, 2.2 assists, 41.5 FG%, 28.8
What he brings: Middleton, who left school a year early, is a dynamic scorer who is still growing into his lanky frame. He’s a great jump shooter, with the ability to catch and shoot as well as shoot off the dribble. The small forward has a soft touch, is a solid passer, has a creative offensive game that sometimes even seems unorthodox, and rarely strays from the team’s offensive system. The 20-year-old is unselfish, seems very coachable and still has solid upside.
Despite being creative offensively, his lanky frame is still a problem when he encounters physical opponents. He struggles at times finishing around the rim and has a hard time fighting double teams. Defensively he’s middle of the pack, with on-ball defense being his biggest defensive weakness.
While his mediocre defense might not fit with Doc Rivers‘ defense-first philosophy, his ability to be coached will be attractive to the Celtics and his scoring ability could be a nice spark off the C’s bench.
Where the Celtics could get him: Middleton is pegged for the second round.
Notes: Middleton had surgery this past season to repair a partially torn meniscus and then re-injured it, forcing him to miss a total of 12 games.
Video: Here’s Middleton participating in a pre-draft workout in Chicago.
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