|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Ohio State SG William Buford||06.11.12 at 9:57 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: Shooting guard
School: Ohio State
Weight: 215 pounds
Achievements: Wooden Award top 25 (2012), Big Ten All-Tournament team (2011), NABC second team District 7 (2011), Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2009), Big Ten All-Freshman team (2009), honorable mention All-Big Ten (2009)
Key 2011-12 stats: 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 33.8 minutes
What he brings: Buford, who averaged 13.7 points per game in his four seasons as a Buckeye, can shoot from multiple places on the court and finished his career hitting 44 percent of his shots. But he’s a shooter who doesn’t shine in any other categories.
Another issue is his consistency. His 3-point shooting percentage dropped from 44.2 his junior year to a career-low 35.8 his senior year. Other aspects of Buford’s game have fluctuated. He ran into a slump during the NCAA tournament and went 1-for-8 from the field in Ohio State’s Sweet 16 victory over Cincinnati.
The Toledo native hasn’t been spectacular at getting to the line, and that aspect of his game has been inconsistent. He took 118 free throw attempts a sophomore, dipped to 70 as a junior, then got the number to 113 as a senior.
Where the Celtics could get him: Buford should still be on the board when the Celtics pick in the second round, and he might even be available as an undrafted free agent.
Notes: Buford attended the NBA draft combine, and the shooting guard recorded the second-highest body fat percentage of all players there (11.3). He told the Akron Beacon Journal the increased body fat came from recent illnesses, but even Buford said the number was shocking.
Video: Here’s Buford in action with the Buckeyes.