With Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley on the roster, it’s intriguing that Danny Ainge is scouting a point guard.credit: espn.com
The very real possibility of the Boston Celtics having to rebuild is approaching quickly, with the clock running out on Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. People have been expecting this team to be blown up several times in recent years, but Danny Ainge has stuck with his veterans longer than many expected.
This very well may be the offseason where the Celtics begin to look toward the future.
If the process begins with the NBA Draft, Danny Ainge has his eye on a certain 6’10″ Greek point guard. Yes, you read that correctly. A point guard that stands 6’10″. Via Sheridan Hoops:
In the latest installment of “Catch a Rising Star,” Boston Celtics president Dany Ainge traveled to Greece to get a first-hand look at Giannis Adetokunbo, the 6-foot-10 point guard who is moving up draft boards by leaps and bounds.
Aingle was in the house — and got heckled by Lakers fans — as Adetokunbo scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and two steals in the championship round of the Greek A2 league.
Ainge also saw the CSKA-Panathinaikos Euroleague game, an qs quoted by Greek media as comparing Adetokundo as reminding him of a young Scottie Pippen.
So who is this Greek freak? And why is he surfacing on the draft radar so late in the process?
For one thing, Adetokunbo grew up as an undocumented immigrant of Nigerian ancestry, and he does not currently hold a passport. That may change in the weeks ahead, as both the Greek and Nigerian national federations are trying to secure him for their national teams, and Adetokunbo’s next big test — should that passport arrive — would be an appearance at the NBA pre-draft Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy.
Our draft guru, Joe Kotoch, currently has him at No. 24 in Mock Draft 1.0.1 and says he would not be surprised to see him shoot up into the lottery, much like Bismack Biyombo did a few years back.
Anyone who takes a chance on this guy is certainly thinking outside of the box. A point guard that tall would definitely create matchup issues for opponents, and could be a real issue for smaller teams.
For Danny Ainge to seriously look at a 6’10″ Greek point guard would be a little strange, however, considering the team still has Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley on the roster.
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