The Celtics have made their mark as one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams, but their young talent is not limited to Boston. Up in Maine, guard Terry Rozier and big man Jordan Mickey — their two draft picks this past June — have made a strong case to be a part of the C’s future.
Both will return to the national stage on Friday when the Maine Red Claws host Quinn Cook and the Canton Charge at 7 PM ET in the first of 12 NBA D-League games on ESPNU this season.
Rozier has used nine games on assignment with the affiliate Red Claws to learn the ins and outs of running the point at the pro level. Despite 40% shooting from the floor, he’s getting to the line for six free throws per game to average 20.1 points.
More importantly for his NBA potential, Rozier has dished out 8.7 assists per game running Maine’s fast-paced, three-heavy attack. He’s also a bulldog defensively, with the ability to defend both guard spots.
Mickey, meanwhile, has emerged as a potential second-round steal. After leading the nation in blocks last season at LSU, he’s leading the Development League at 4.6 per game while also displaying inside scoring and rebounding skills (18.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG) and surprising outside touch.