If this draft was solely based on the most talented players, then he would easily be a top five selection without question. The problem with him is that he lacks discipline and doesn’t seem to want to capitalize on his rare skill set. He is over seven feet tall and consistently likes to roam around the perimeter looking for an open three-point shot.
That is all well and good and he can definitely make them when open, but when you are seven feet tall and play the center position, you need to be able to bang down low in the paint and really get your points where centers typically roam. He also plays for a very overrated head coach in Scott Drew who never really seemed to know how to correctly utilize his skill set this season.
Austin is a guy who normally should definitely go back to college, but with question marks centering around his coach and the team’s outlook for next season, it probably makes sense for him to bolt to the association early.
He is still a lock to be picked in the first round and hanging around another year might hurt his stock more than help it. The Celtics would love to get their hands on Austin to develop him and hope he turns out to be the All-Star caliber player so many people thought he would become before the season. This might be another instance where the team might have to trade up a few spots to land him.
Isaiah Austin is another name to bookmark leading up to this summer’s NBA Draft.
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