As we saw in the 2015 NBA Finals, it isn't always the lottery picks that become integral parts of championship teams, it's also about the players you find late and develop, like Draymond Green, who was a second round pick for the Warriors. Danny Ainge knows there is value to be found in the second round, and he may have found the best second rounder of 2015 in Jordan Mickey, a 6'8 power forward out of LSU. Mickey proved in the Summer League that he could carve out a role as the rim-protecting, rebound grabbing, low post presence big man, something this team clearly lacks. The Celtics rewarded his strong play with a 4-year/$5 million dollar contract with the first two seasons guaranteed and the final two seasons having team options.
Mickey started all five games in Las Vegas, averaging 30 minutes, 13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and shot 53% from the field. Mickey was a consistent force under the basket on both ends of the floor. He also played well in the Utah Summer League games, and that consistency showed the Celtics they had a legitimate steal with Mickey, who was projected to go in the first round. Mickey have been drafted 33rd, but he's being paid as if he were drafted in the mid-to-high 20's. Some guys may hang their head after slipping in the draft, but Mickey has come out ready to play; his surprising fall has been Boston's gain, and they were smart to immediately reward him with a fair contract.
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