Celtics Pre Draft Workouts From June 7

The 2nd Pre Draft workouts of the week took place on Tuesday where some more possible late 1st and 2nd rounders. There were some very intriguing players on this list, and some who were on Monday’s Pre Draft Workout list.

Players Who Participated

Diante Garrett - a Point Guard from Iowa State 17.3 ppg 6.1 assists

David Lighty – A Shooting Guard/Small Forward from Ohio State 12.1 ppg 4 rebounds and 3.3 assists

Delroy James – A Forward from Rhode Island 17.5 ppg 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks

Cory Joseph – A Point Guard/Shooting Guard from Texas 10.4 ppg 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals

Joffrey Lauvergne – A Small Forward/Power Forward from France 5.8 ppg 3.5 rebounds

Lucas Nogueira – A Center from Brazil (stats were not given)

Brad Wanamaker – A Shooting Guard/Point Guard 11.7 ppg 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists

Terrence Jennings, Demontez Stitt, and Kevin Anderson also participated in Tuesday’s workouts.

A lot of these players on this list could help the Celtics, but maybe not immediately. A few players like David Lighty, Lucas Nogueira, and Diante Garrett are probably the better options out of this group. While Cory Joseph, Delroy James, and Brad Wanamaker may become good role players, the Celtics need players who can contribute within their first 2 years in the NBA. Now, this year’s NBA Draft may not be strong, but if the Celtics draft right, they may walk away with a steal.

David Lighty is probably one of the more underrated players in the draft. Because he is a Senior and had injuries in his college career, Lighty probably will be selected in the 2nd round. His offensive skills are limited, but its his defense that impresses me.

Lighty is capable of shutting his man down on the defensive end. His defense reminds me of Tony Allen, but Lighty has better length. Being 6’6″ and having a 6’8″ wingspan, allows him the ability to stay on his man.

This is the first time I’ve seen defensive highlights for a Shooting Guard.

Offensively Lighty plays very smart basketball. He doesn’t turn the ball over and only averaged 1.6 in his senior year. He can be explosive when he sees he has a clear lane to the basket. But Lighty plays more like Tony Allen on the offensive end, and doesn’t look to shoot too much. Overall, Lighty could be a great role player, the type that can come in for 10-12 minutes and give a solid contribution.

Because Lucas Nogueira played in Brazil I know little of him. The one I like that he brings to the table is his size. Lucas is a legit 7 footer and the Celtics are in a desperate search for big men. But according to DraftExpress, one GM said that he look “raw” and seemed to not take things seriously on his first day of pre draft workouts. It will be interesting to see whether Lucas gets drafted at all after not making good first impressions during the pre draft workouts. Lucas is only 18 and probably needs time to mature.

Diante Garrett is another player who has great length for his position. Garrett is 6’4″ with a 6’8″ wingspan and for a Point Guard that’s pretty good.

Offensively, his best strength is the one-one game. Garrett has great speed and can get by his defender, but it’s what he does after that could be a concern. He tends to be careless at times with the ball. He is a decent shooter for his position. In his Senior year he shot 41% from the field and shot 31% from 3pt land.

Because of his length, Garrett is a very good defender. He averages nearly 2 steals and 1 block per game. The one thing that could be a concern is that he doesn’t move well laterally which allows his man to get by him easily.

Unfortunately there are no highlights of Diante Garrett.

Lately with the Celtics pre draft workouts, there have been a lot of potential 2nd rounders participating. I can’t help but think that the Celtics will try trading up or out of the 1st round. Considering this is a “weak” draft, not many of these players will help the Celtics anytime in the near future. The 2012 draft will be the year to keep the draft pick, and the Celtics potentially have 2 picks next year.

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