With the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected sophomore point guard Terry Rozier. This is kind of a surprise, as Rozier wasn’t expected to go this high, and going to the Celtics is interesting given their backcourt situation.
Rozier was one of the most impressive performers during the five-on-five portion of the NBA Combine, showing improved point-guard skills while displaying the same defensive aggression and athleticism he showcased at Louisville.
Rozier has NBA quickness, speed and athleticism with a handle that keeps defenders on roller skates. Rozier can steal the ball and score in transition in a blink of an eye, and is improving his patience as a point guard in the halfcourt. At 6-2 with a 6-8 wingspan, Rozier has the size and length to compete with NBA guards.
Rozier struggled mightily from the perimeter this past year, shooting only 30.6 percent from three after hitting 37.1 percent as a freshmen. Will he be able to get to the rim in the half court if teams don’t respect his jump shot? He’ll also need to put on additional weight to handle the physicality of guards in the NBA.
Rozier is a young prospect with a lot of room to grow as a player. His ability as a point guard will continue to improve, as will his jump shot in time. He already has the athleticism and quickness to become a lockdown defender of point guards, which is part of the reason he’s a first-round pick.
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2014-15 stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg (41.1 FG%, 30.6 3P%, 79.0 FT%)