The NBA Draft Lottery has finally happened, and we can finally say definitively the Boston Celtics have picks No. 6 and 17 in the first round. This is a very deep draft, and even with those picks, you can, at worst, get rotation pieces.
If developed properly, this can turn into a star-studded NBA Draft. One prospect that should be looked at for the Celtics is Australian International star Dante Exum who is still only 18 years old.
Exum is a 6-foot-6 lightning-quick combo guard, with a lethal first step. He has an extremely smooth game, and does an excellent job playing under control. He can get wherever he wants to on the court. He also is very good in change of direction on the court.
At his height, Exum can undoubtedly play both guard positions, although he is a more natural fit at point guard. He’s a willing passer, and has great length, so he’ll be able to see over the smaller guards that will be defending him.
He has good finishing ability around the rim, and has good flexibility to make acrobatic shots.
Exum isn’t a perfect prospect by any means. He has an inconsistent jump shot, but it’s getting better. He doesn’t have much of a mid-range, most likely because he gets to the rack so easily.
He has a slight build and will have to work on absorbing contact on both ends of the floor. While Exum is a strong on-ball defender, he still needs to add strength to his slight frame. He doesn’t fight through screens effectively and seems to lose his man on pick-and-rolls very often.
Exum is someone who can be a superstar. A good NBA comparison for him is Shaun Livingston of the Brooklyn Nets. Back in 2004 when Livingston was a rookie, he was the next big thing. A freakishly athletic 6-foot-7 point guard who could pass the ball, defend, and get where he wanted to on the floor. Everyone knows how his career got derailed. Livingston recovered his almost-lost career last season. Exum is an exact clone of Livingston in his rookie year.