Celtics select Ben Bentil with 51st pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Celtics select Ben Bentil with 51st pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Providence forward Ben Bentil have to won't move far, as the Boston Celtics have selected him with the 51st pick.

Bentil was better than his teammate Kris Dunn at times last season, averaging 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The 21-year-old scores at all levels of the floor, is a great ball handler for his size, and is quite mobile. He really embodies the qualities teams look for in a modern day big man, though he needs to refine his game.

Bentil is extremely raw, though. He didn’t start playing basketball until his late teens and has a poor feel for the game. He’ll need to improve his screening, passing, and decision-making before he can play consistently.

It’s more realistic for Bentil to be a contributor to the Maine Red Claws at this stage of his career, though he could very well still sign an NBA contract with the Celtics.

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Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

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, 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.


Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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).