The NBA Draft Combine has started, and the Boston Celtics are primed to be major players in the draft with two top 20 picks, including one in the lottery. This profile is mostly just on the Celtics’ second pick in the draft, No. 17, just outside of the lottery.
In a draft like this one you can still get a solid player who can start or possibly be a rotation player for years to come. One prospect to think about is KJ McDaniels out of Clemson.
McDaniels is a 6-foot-6 wing player from Clemson who averaged 17.1 PPG and 7.1 RPG during his junior season. He ranked 33rd in the nation in player efficiency with a 26.73 PER (average is a 15).
Per 40 minutes, McDaniels averaged 20.4 points, grabbed 8.4 rebounds, shot 46 percent and averaged 2.7 blocks. He’s also an elite wing defender, and in the NBA of today you need wings who can defend and stop dribble penetration.
McDaniels blocked a shot one out of every 11 times up the court this year, proving his versatility as a defender. While defending he is able to stay on the ball and also play great weak side defense. He also has great anticipation in order to block shot, because you don’t average 2.7 blocks per game on the wing by accident.
The Celtics need size on the wing; Avery Bradley is only 6-foot-2 and a free agent. McDaniels is someone to keep in mind come the 17th pick in the June NBA Draft. He’ll bring a defensive mentality that can also slash to the basket and finish above the rim.
A good comparison for him in the NBA is Gerald Green of the Phoenix Suns. Green has turned himself into a pretty good player and was a candidate to win the Most Improved Player award.