We continue our look at players the Celtics could target with their second pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, number 17 overall. Check out our profiles of UCLA point guard Kyle Anderson and North Carolina State small forward T. J. Warren. For more big men, read up on power forwards Julius Randle of Kentucky and Aaron Gordon of Arizona.
Name: Jusuf Nurkić
Club: KK Cedevita (Croatia)
Stats: 6’11″, 280 lbs.
Nurkić is widely considered to be the third-best international prospect in the 2014 Draft, behind Australian guard Dante Exum and Croatian forward Dario Šarić, both of whom should go off the board in the top 10. Nurkić, a Bosnian national, didn’t start playing basketball until the age of 15, but his size alone has been enough to catch NBA scouts’ attention. He’s also deceptively skilled, and has been compared to the Timberwolves’ Montenegrin center, Nikola Peković, in terms of both body type and, potentially, talent. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Jusuf Nurkić »