After a crazy night that saw the Celtics make three trades it’s only fair that we do a little book keeping. You all know the major trade that happened last night. If you’re still in denial, don’t click here. In addition to the mega trade and the trade that netted them Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics also sent (widely presumed) cash considerations to Indiana for the draft rights to Colton Iverson. Joining Olynyk and Iverson in training camp (so far) will be Phil Pressey and Lamont Jones. We’ll give you the low down and dirty on each rookie below:
Iverson, like Olynyk is a big boy. Measuring in a 7 feet with shoes on, Iverson was a productive member of the Colorado State Rams program. He’s a great screener, a great defensive rebounder, and has a nice touch around the basket. As seen in the video below, he also can shoot the ball when no one’s covering him:
Here’s some in-game highlights for your viewing pleasure:
It’s pretty obvious that Danny Ainge and his crew value size. They drafted two seven footers (Olynyk and Iverson) this year and one last year (Fab Melo) in an effort to find workable size. Iverson’s likely competition for a roster spot is Shavlik Randolph, which sucks if you’re like me and love what #SavvyShavy did for the C’s last year. However, if I’m being pragmatic I see Iverson as a younger, more offensively polished version of Randolph. It’s a long offseason and there’s no guarantee that either make the team.
The Celtics have been trying to find Rajon Rondo’s backup since he was in high school and have been thus far unsuccessful. This offseason they have decided to take a chance on Phil Pressey. Pressey is an undersized but talent guard out of Missouri. Had he declared for the draft last year he would have likely been selected in the late first, early second round. He decided to go back to school and underperformed for what was supposed to be a great Tiger squad. Pressey can count himself lucky he wound up with the Celtics where playing time should be ample. The Celtics also obviously like the kid as they had him in for multiple workouts.
Why do the Celtics like him so much? Probably because he’s a pick-and-roll dynamo. He may be small but he’s also very quick and sees passing angles well. As with all small guards, I have my doubts on who he will be able to defend in the NBA but he’s definitely talented enough for the Celtics to take the chance.
Check out the video below of Pressey tooling on people he’s clearly better than. While it’s hard to find any valuable takeaways from the game play in this video, Pressey’s athelticism and hops are both worth noting.
Who? I am a casual college basketball fan who usually loves good players on small school teams but, in the interest of full disclosure, I have never heard of this guy. According to his Draft Express profile, he has the pedigree fitting of a top prospect. He played his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy and played two years at Arizona before transferring to Iona. From what I can tell, he’s a scoring machine. Get buckets!