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Boston Celtics Draft Prospects: Ray McCallum

Boston Celtics, Ray McCallum

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Ray McCallum of Detroit makes for another possible Boston Celtic this summer as we start to approach the June NBA Draft.

McCallum plays for his father at Detroit and could forgo his senior season to enter the draft. The point guard crop this summer is very weak, especially with the recent news that Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart decided to return to school for his sophomore season.

It was just an awful decision by Smart as he could have gone as high as No. 2 overall this summer. He has virtually no shot to be picked in the top three next year with how strong that draft class looks thus far. McCallum and Michigan’s Trey Burke have to be very happy as this bumps their stock higher.

McCallum would be the type of guy GM Danny Ainge would look for if he ends up acquiring a second-round draft choice. He looks right for the role of a long time backup in this league, but a solid one, and one that can be counted on to relieve the starters.

His upside would be Jarret Jack of the Golden State Warriors or Eric Maynor of the Portland Trailblazers. Both are solid, yet unspectacular players who have carved out nice roles in this league. McCallum doesn’t do one thing particularly well, but can be counted on to play solid defense and score when he needs to. He isn’t overly athletic but is a good leader and someone that is dependable.

 

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