Recent rumors suggest that the Boston Celtics are interested in trading the third pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Jahlil Okafor. On the surface, this would appear to be a good move since Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie. But stats don't always tell the truth.
On the first edition of CSN's new Celtics podcast, Fireside Stats, CSN associate producer Max Lederman and NBA Draft analyst Kevin O'Connor discuss why the Celtics would be better off keeping the third pick instead of trading it straight up for Okafor. Derek Bodner of DraftExpress also joins us to give his expert opinion on Okafor's fit in the NBA. We also touch on the Celtics' options in the draft, including the best and worst-case scenarios.
There are less than 24 hours to go until the 2016 NBA Draft begins and it won't take long to give Fireside Stats a listen. The episode is only 25 minutes long. Please give it a listen and leave a comment with your thoughts on Okafor's fit with the Celtics.
BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.
The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today will get together to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.
While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration.
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.”
In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer.
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.
BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.
McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.
The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).