March Madness is a great time to continue our series of possible Boston Celtics draft picks and today we look at Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. The son of the great former NBA guard with the same name, he is an athletic scoring guard who does a little bit of everything for the Wolverines. Playing under head coach John Beilein, he plays in a complex offensive system with tons of backdoor cuts and a plethora of pick and rolls. Hardaway Jr. is a solid prospect who would be ready now if he decided to leave college early.
The Celtics typically like guys like Hardaway who can score and are also mentally tough. He is a nice shooter and has never met a shot he hasn’t liked. He probably takes too many shots, but Beilein loves to play through his guards and has never emphasized a strong big man in his offense. The last big man of note under him was Kevin Pittsnogle at West Virginia, and all he really did was shoot three pointers from the perimeter. Hardaway Jr. is capable defensively but needs to get stronger and add on more muscle to his current frame. That isn’t surprising considering that most players coming out of college typically need to get stronger to succeed at the next level.
The Celtics could be in a prime position to take Hardaway Jr. as they will most likely pick around the 20th overall selection in the draft. He should fall somewhere around that range and he would make for a good pick.
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