If Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson decided to enter this summer’s NBA Draft, you can guarantee that the Boston Celtics would do everything in their power to acquire a second=round draft pick to take him. He wouldn’t be worthy of a first-round selection, but he would make for a great second-round pick.
He doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he is a tenacious rebounder and that skill alone allows him to project as a long-time small forward in this league. There is no reason he can’t have a Sam Young-type role in this league. That obviously will not get many Celtics fans super excited, but when you pick in the second round, you draft on a certain skill as there is a reason these guys last that long in the draft.
Roberson plays under a terrific head coach in Tad Boyle and it appears more than likely that he will return to school for his senior season. His draft stock might not rise too much, but it could always benefit him to go back to school and continue to work on his perimeter game.
Roberson is a guy that could definitely crack a rotation at some point as a solid eighth or ninth man. Again, that obviously doesn’t sound very exciting, but he can carve out a nice role, especially on the Celtics as a backup at the three and four positions. He certainly isn’t a slouch and can provide a nice energy presence off the bench.
The Celtics would need to acquire a second-round pick to select Roberson this summer if he is available, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see them do that.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18