Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Celtics Forward Max Strus

By Jake Winderman | August 27, 2019

Player: Max Strus

College: Lewis-DII (2014-2016), DePaul (2017-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 215 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Boston Celtics/Maine Red Claws

College Breakdown: Strus started his collegiate career at Lewis University, a DII athletics program, where he played from 2014-2016, earning All-GLVC First Team honors during his sophomore season. The Illinois-native spent his final two seasons of NCAA eligibility at DePaul, where he was named to the 2019 All-Big East 2nd Team. Strus, along with former 3x NBA All-Star Mark Aguirre, is one of two players in DePaul history to record 700 points or more in a single season. During his final year at DePaul, Strus set the single-season school record for 3-pointers made (113), while knocking down 36.3% of his shots taken from deep. Strus posted 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game during his senior year at DePaul, ranking third in the Big East in points per game, second in 3-point field goals made, third in total field goals made and sixth in effective field goal percentage. The former Blue Demon is also the Big East Conference’s all-time leader in minutes per game, charting 36.6 minutes per contest during his time at DePaul.

Scouting Report: At 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Strus projects to be a 3&D type of wing for the Celtics organization. From the corners, Strus is a knockdown shooter from 3-point range with a quick release and a very repeatable form. Strus moves well without the ball, finding his most comfortable spots on the floor to attack from. The former DePaul star is a more than adequate rebounder and has an underrated ability to drive and dish the ball when given the opportunity. Defensively, Strus is capable of guarding shooting guards through power forwards, due to his length and athletic versatility, and isn’t afraid to crash the defensive glass with maximum effort. While Strus is an older rookie at 23 years old, his experience and high-usage at DePaul could have him ready to play minutes in the association right away.

Organizational Fit: While the Celtics are a bit crowded with talent at the wing with players like Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye, Strus can carve out playing time as a catch-and-shoot 3-point specialist with enough prowess on the defensive end to hold his own. The Celtics ranked 7th in the NBA in 3-point percentage and 3-point attempts last season and should put up enough shots from beyond the arc this season to carve out a few minutes a game for Strus.

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