- Jul 7, 2007
I think there's something to that, but if you're going to take a swing like that on a potentially high ceiling player with big bust potential, you'd better have some good intel on the guy's make up, because the flip side to KOC's "the Celtis are in such a great position that they can take a high risk chance" is that the Celtics also are going to need to get production from affordable contracts. That's why I like Grant and Clarke last year, and that's why I like Tillman and Bane this year- because I think there's a good chance they'll provide positive value on their rookie contracts.
Poku, if he pans out at all, screams "second contract guy" to me. Smart people love his skills, but that frame just has not worked in the NBA very often at all, and Ainge pretty clearly thinks strength is an important attribute. So if you think he's got the mental fortitude to persevere while getting pummeled by the Mook Morrises of the world, so that he's learning enough while his body fills out to make it worth picking up his third and fourth year options, then I'm all for taking the gamble. Bender is certainly the cautionary tale here, and while Poku's frame makes Dragan look like Ivan Drago, the kid's spine better be made of sterner stuff.