|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Tyler Ennis||06.06.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Position: Point guard
Weight: 181 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 2.1 steals
Scouting report: Pure point guards are an endangered species in the NBA, but Ennis is one of them. He’s a pass-first pure point guard that utilizes excellent ball-handling skills to create space, which usually leads to open looks for teammates.
Ennis had a highly efficient 3.22 assist-to-turnover ratio, but his statistics probably would’ve been even more impressive had better perimeter shooters surrounded him. Of course, he probably will have that in the NBA, which bodes well for his potential as a distributor.
That increased spacing will also create opportunities for him as a scorer, since he is quite a solid shooter, at 35.3 percent from 3 last year. The Syracuse product is impressive off the dribble, which is normal for point guards, but he can also shoot off the catch, allowing him to play off-ball in a number of different situations.
Ennis is only an average defender and lacks a spectacular first step, so he probably won’t ever become one of the NBA’s top point guards, but he’s going to be a good backup, at worst, with the ceiling of a high-end starter.
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