With the rumors about Paul Pierce leaving Boston gaining traction, the Celtics may look to draft a small forward at pick 16 to replace him.
One option could be Russia native Sergey Karasev.
Karasev, 19, stands at 6’7 and weighs just less than 200 pounds.
In the Eurocup League this past season, he averaged 16.1 points and 3 rebounds over 32.2 minutes per game.
Karasev’s most intriguing offensive asset is his outside shooting ability. This past season, he made 2.3 out of 4.6 three pointers per game. He has also continued to improve his mid range and low post game.
But while his offensive game is NBA ready, his defensive game needs a lot of work. He often gets beat off of the dribble and he struggles to make up lost ground.
Karasev would be a good fit with the Celtics, as he would fill a positional need and would be able to contribute right away.
If Paul Pierce does leave Boston, the only small forward on the roster will be Jeff Green. This would be good for Karasev, as he would be able to receive a decent amount of minutes every game without having the pressure of starting.
Karasev’s offensive game should translate well into the NBA, so he would be able to be a nice spark off of the bench.
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