The Boston Celtics will continue to scout collegiate prospects leading up to the NBA Draft in June and another name that figures to be somewhere on their draft board is Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe. Originally a Marquette Golden Eagle under then head coach Tom Crean, he transferred home to Minnesota to play for Tubby Smith. He is an extremely physical player and is a tenacious rebounder on both ends of the floor. The red flag with Mbakwe is his injury history as he is coming off a serious leg injury suffered last season. It took him a while to get back into the groove this season, but he is finally starting to perform at the All-Big Ten level that he has been accustomed to.
Mbakwe is the type of player that any NBA head coach would like to have. He will never be considered as soft in the Pau Gasol mode, and you know that he will give it his all every single night. A comparison that immediately came to mind was former Celtic fan favorite Leon Powe. Mbakwe is probably slightly more talented than Powe, but they both play similar styles and are guys that will never take a play off. By picking Mbawke, the Celtics would be taking a player with minimal upside who could be a decent player but not someone that they would build around. He would be a solid fourth big off of someone’s bench with the potential to be a fringe starter in the prime of his career.
The Celtics will have a fully stocked draft board this summer and one guy GM Danny Ainge figures to take a long look at is Tevor Mbawke.
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