Former Colorado St. Rams center Colton Iverson has been selected in the second round by the Boston Celtics with the No. 53 overall pick. The pick initially was held by the Indiana Pacers but a trade was made where the Celtics sent cash to the Pacers to be able to draft Iverson.
Iverson is one of the better big men in the draft and has been compared to others who were drafted ahead of him. He was able to lead Colorado State to an amazing season this past year, and he was their leader with 14.2 points and 9.8 boards per game. He does have an issue by turning the ball over two times per game, and for a center averaged just .7 blocks per game.
However, Iverson has a chance to make a big impact on the team that drafts him since there is a lack of big men in the NBA.
Here is a closer look at Iverson from his draft profile:
Iverson is a beast in the paint and a rebounding threat while on the defensive end. His 7-foot, 255-pound frame allows him to get in the paint and muscle out those around him, this should be attractive as his size is ideal for those who play his position in the NBA. Iverson will occasionally take long-range two-point jumpers, but has never attempted a 3-point shot in his entire career. This lack of outside ability could hurt him in the upcoming draft. His low 59 percent free throw percentage could also harm him as well.
Comprared to other PF/C in the draft, like Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Mike Muscala, Kenny Kadji and Trevor Mbakwe, he stacks up fairly well.