Which Celtics rookie ‘was dominant’ at a recent practice?
The Boston Celtics have three rookies on their roster: Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey. None of them were lottery picks, which tempers their expectations just a bit. But at a recent Celtics practice, one of these guys received all the praise from head coach Brad Stevens.
It was Mickey, the 21-year-old shot blocker out of LSU. Here's why and how he impressed Boston's coaching staff, per MassLive's Jay King:
Mickey can run the floor, rebound in traffic, block/alter shots and finish in the paint. He can also switch screens and step out to guard smaller ball-handlers on the perimeter. He's quick, strong and very long.
It's a great combination, and puts him one consistent jump shot away from being a serious second-round steal.
“Jordan Mickey probably had the best day of anybody in practice yesterday,” Stevens said before a team shootaround at Basketball City. “He was dominant. It was outstanding.” In limited action, Mickey has averaged six points and 2.5 rebounds through a pair of preseason games. He hasn't been dominant in those two contests, but solid. And he was apparently better Tuesday. “It's really fun to see days like that,” Stevens said. “Now it's just about doing it every day, learning, continuing to grow and all those things. But it's fun to watch (the rookies) progress and I think we'll all be able to watch that together.”