|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad||06.19.13 at 10:41 am 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: Small forward
Weight: 225 pounds
Achievements: Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year (2013), All Pac-12 first team (2013), All Pac-12 Freshman team, Naismith Boys Prep Player of the Year (2012), McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2012), Nevada Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2012, 2011)
Key 2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 37.7 3-point field-goal percentage
What he brings: It’s hard to doubt Muhammad’s scoring ability, but that’s about the only consistent aspect of his game. According to draftexpress.com, his effort on defense is sometimes lacking, although he’s certainly shown the ability when he wants to turn it on. He does a majority of his rebounding at the offensive end.
NBA.com attributes Muhammad’s success to his strength, toughness and scorer’s mentality. The Las Vegas native, who thinks he will be shooting guard in the future, likened himself to James Harden, and some scouts said Muhammad is more even athletic than Harden was coming out of college.
Notes: After missing the first three games of his lone season at UCLA due to impermissible benefit issues, Muhammad scored double digits in 31 out of 32 contests. He averaged less than one assist and one steal per game. ‘¦ He comes from an athletic family. His Uncle, Stephone Paige, is a former Kansas City Chief, while his father, Ronald Holmes, played basketball for USC in the early ’80s and his sister, Asia, is a professional tennis player. ‘¦ Muhammad has dealt with Tourette syndrome for much of his life, though he’s balanced it well with basketball. ‘¦ Muhammad and his father were caught lying about the player’s age, leading everyone to believe he was born a year after he actually was. His father also was indicted last month on charges of federal bank fraud for his role in an alleged mortgage scam. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be on home arrest.
Video: Here’s an NBA video of Muhammad’s workouts at the draft combine.