|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington PG/SG Tony Wroten||06.22.12 at 4:29 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: Point guard/shooting guard
Weight: 203 pounds
Achievements: 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, 2012 All-Pac-12 first team
Key 2011-12 stats: 16 points, 3.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 44.3 FG%, 16.1 3P%, 58.3% FT%
What he brings: Think Rajon Rondo, circa 2006. Like Rondo then, Wroten is one of this year’s most intriguing prospects. In terms of pure talent, he is one of the top five players in the draft, possessing extraordinary athleticism, size and court vision. But there are also some gaping holes to his game.
Offensively, Wroten’s game revolves around getting to the basket, which he does most effectively when going left. He also has superb passing ability but is too often careless with the ball. He ended up with more turnovers (132) than assists (130) in his freshman season.
Defensively, Wroten can be spectacular at times. He is a very effective man-to-man defender at the 2-guard spot. Though he can be overaggressive and is prone to swiping at the ball or lunging into the passing lanes, his excellent anticipation and hands lead to a lot of disruptive plays.
Any of this sounding familiar?
Also like Rondo, however, Wroten’s major issue is that he is a horrendous outside shooter, averaging just 0.532 points per shot on jumpers, according to Synergy. Wroten also struggles from the free throw line and behind the 3-point arc, shooting an unimpressive 58 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
Where the Celtics could get him: Wroten, who is leaving Washington after just one season at the college level, could go anywhere from the late lottery to the early second round. Given that the Celtics already have an ultra-athletic playmaker who struggles with his jumper, Boston is unlikely to pursue him.
Notes: Wroten comes from an absurdly athletic family. His father, Tony, played football at the University of Washington and in the NFL for the Buccaneers. His mother, Shirley, still ranks in UW’s top 10 track and field lists in the 100 meters (seventh), 100 hurdles (fourth) and 4×100 relay (first and second). His aunt, Joyce Walker, earned a gold medal as a member of the 1983 USA Basketball World University Games team, was a two-time All-American at Louisiana State University and the third woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is a cousin of former Celtics guard Nate Robinson. … Wroten is Washington’s all-time freshman leader in points, steals and assists and was fourth in rebounds.