The Boston #Celtics “Loved” what they saw from Duke Grayson Allen in his pre draft workout.
Danny Ainge on Allen: “When you watch him play, you see this fluidity and smoothness that not to many players have. His character is exactly what we want here.” pic.twitter.com/ZgZZZ1VXfP
— Celtics Direct (@CelticsDirect) June 11, 2018
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There are two basketball teams on this planet that I hold near and dear to my heart, the Boston Celtics and the Duke Blue Devils (classic white guy I know). It was a big deal for me when the C’s drafted Tatum last year, same goes for when they made the Kyrie trade. Watching them mesh together into a potential super-team has sort of made me feel like a proud father. Now if the Celtics were to add Grayson Allen to the mix, arguably my favorite player in the history of the Duke program, I don’t know what I would do with myself. I seriously might need a new pair of shorts.
Before anyone says anything, yes, I understand that he trips people. What do I have to say to that? Get over it. The Celtics could use another guy who brings a physical presence to the team. You always want someone who knows how to get into his opponent’s heads. It’s part of the reason why we all love Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris so much. Learning from those two could be huge for Grayson’s development.
Outside of the edge he would bring to this team, I think he could really turn into a solid player. If he can continue to knock down his 3’s at a consistent level and develop into a better defender, I have no problem giving him minutes on this team. And given Brad Stevens track record with younger talent, I wouldn’t be shocked to see either of those things happen.
I’ve been seeing comps to J.J. Reddick and Courtney Lee, two guys who I’d be comfortable having come off the bench right now. I’m not saying he’s going to turn into those exact players, but I think he could wind up being pretty good value at #27.
-Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)