BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are in the market for strengthening its scoring from the perimeter, and one of the best in this year’s draft – UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn – will be in town this week for a workout.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is projected as a late-first, early second round pick in the June 25 NBA draft.
Vaughn, who turns 19 years old in August, has shown in a short period of time that he has the ability to score in bunches.
In his lone season at UNLV, he averaged 17.8 points per game and 22 points per 40 minutes played. According to Draftexpress.com, only 29 college players in the last 15 years had as high a scoring average at the age of 18, with all but eight going on to play in the NBA.
While his scoring prowess isn’t an issue, generating those points in an efficient manner is indeed a concern for NBA teams.
Despite his lofty scoring average, the Running Rebels were just 10-12 with him in the lineup.
He suffered a torn meniscus tear on Feb. 10 and missed the remainder of the season.
While reports from his recent workouts indicate the knee injury isn’t an issue, rest assured it will be a topic of discussion among every team that’s giving serious thought to selecting him in the first or early stages of the second round.
But make no mistake about it.
Vaughn will be among the 60 names called on draft night.
It’s too soon to say if he’ll be a Celtic, especially when you consider they drafted an 18-year-old last year in James Young, who like Vaughn is also a shooting guard.
Two teenagers in back-to-back drafts at the same position?
While it seems unlikely right now, you can’t put anything past Danny Ainge and his staff if they become convinced it’ll help Boston get back to being a legit playoff contender sooner rather than later.