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An Under-Rated Sleeper for the Celtics...


Any Celtic's fan can agree with me that this team needs some bigger bodies out there on the court.

My last post I wrote about the a few of the centers in this years draft, and how all of them didn't really fit what the Celtics need. (You can find that here.)

After more searching and evaluating the centers. I found one that I think truly fits the Celtics the best:

Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State (6'10, 240lbs.)

One of the biggest upsets of 2012 NCAA Tournament was in the first round when Norfolk State beat out the 2nd seeded Missouri team...lead by their center/forward...Kyle O'Quinn.

He is a name not many people have heard of. But this kid deserves a lot of credit for what he has accomplished at Norfolk St.

This past season he has averaged 15.9 points, 2.7 blocks, 1.4 assists, and 10.3 rebounds. His field goal percentage was 57%. He is a big body that can shoot the ball and protect the post.

He isn't a 7 footer and may get intimidated by bigger centers. But he does have a 7'-5" wingspan. He also registered the same no-step vertical as Dwight Howard - 30.5 in. He is a strong, athletic bag man, with great rebounding skills (just what the Celtics need.) He can score from the perimeter and in the paint and he is also a great defender and shot blocker.

So what are his negatives?

He is not proven against bigger and better talent...however he did register 26 pts. 14 rebounds, and he was 10/16 on field goals against Missouri.

He doesn't have a consistent motor and he is also still learning the game.

He will be a great backup big man in the NBA, and will be great to have coming of the bench. If there was one team I think he would succeed, it would be Boston. If we can get Kevin Garnett to return it would help him out a ton. With great coaching and great leadership, Kyle O'Quinn can be a steady player in the NBA. A player like him is really what the Celtics can use.

Thoughts?

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