Colton Iverson Playing for Spot on Boston Celtics’ Roster

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Colton Iverson was a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 2013. He played for the Celtics summer league team, but faced with a roster crunch the Celtics told him to go overseas and refine his skills instead of going straight to the NBA.

For Iverson, a 7-foot center out of Colorado State,  it was more about business than anything else. He wants to get a spot on the 2014-2015 Celtics roster. Battling the mental grind of being away from home was tough but he did it. And now he gets to come back stateside and try to earn his way on to the Celtics roster.

He went overseas and was able to play in the Turkish league and Euro Cup. Iverson averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds over 17 minutes per game in 47 appearances between the Turkish season and EuroCup, according to foreign hoops site Eurobasket.com.

Iverson can fill a position of need, center. The Celtics have a huge size deficiency and are looking at all possible avenues to add to the position. He brings hustle, and strength to the middle of that defense. He’s not a great athlete but he’ll defend the paint very well and knows his role.

Iverson will bring an “all out” mentality and will bring a never quit attitude to the Celtics. The Celtics definitely need a player like that, as they couldn’t close teams out in many games last year.

He adds strength, size and post defense to a Celtics front line that severely lacked it during the 2013-2014 season. He is not a shot blocker, but is someone who can take up space and make anyone who comes into the lane think about how to finish over, or around him.

With Iverson, you probably aren’t getting much more out of him. He’ll be 25-years-old when summer league rolls around again in July. He won’t be an offensive machine, but he’ll bring a little bit of scoring, as he has a decent jump shot for a center.

As always with second-round picks, he has a bevy of things to work on. He must become a better free-throw shooter. It’s odd that he can’t shoot free throws given his touch from the elbow. He must also work on his footwork in the post and rotations on defense.

A good NBA comparison for Iverson is someone the Celtics have been linked to, Omer Asik of the Houston Rockets. He’ll need to get stronger, but if he can bring the defensive impact Asik does, Iverson will be able to play 10-12 years in the NBA.

Eddie Santiago is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+

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