When Colton Iverson was selected with the 53rd pick of the 2013 NBA Draft and then traded to the Boston Celtics, no one particularly though that the late second-round pick from a weak draft class was going to have an impact on a team this season—particularly a player that needs the development that Iverson does.
In his senior year and lone season at Colorado State, Iverson was a reliable producer as he put up 14.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.5 minutes per game while shooting a solid 59.6 percent from the floor. However, he did struggle from the foul line at just 59 percent shooting.
Iverson didn’t get a great deal of opportunities with the Celtics at the Orlando Summer League, but played relatively well when he did see the floor. In five games, the seven-footer averaged five points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.6 steals in 16.6 minutes per game while knocking down 61.5 percent of his shots from the floor and a surprising 69.2 percent of his free throw attempts.
Directly following Summer League, though, Iverson signed with Besiktas in Turkey. In his 17 games with the club, he’s hardly shown a great deal of promise. Playing 18.2 minutes per game in their season, he’s averaged only 6.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game while hitting only 45.5 percent of his shots. Moreover, his free throw percentage has dipped to a concerning 55.1 percent.
Iverson has a lot of skill, but he lacks the strength and the savvy to play at the NBA level right now. While you could say that he’s young and getting experience in Europe, he is already 24 years old due to transferring schools while in college, so the learning curve is a bit shorter than it would be for other players. All in all, if Iverson wants to join Boston nxt season, he’s going to have to show them more with his play with Besiktas.