As part of WEEI’s coverage of the 2018 NBA Draft here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have one pick, the 27th overall. The draft will be held on June 21.
Position: Shooting Guard
Weight: 198 pounds
Key 2017-18 Stats: 18.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists
Scouting Report: Trier’s ability to succeed in the NBA rests on his scoring. Trier’s quickness allows to him to get into the lane frequently. He can shoot off the dribble and from three-point range, as he sported a 38 percent mark from beyond the arc. His overall athleticism and ability to score from anywhere on the court entice teams.
Despite his uncanny ability to score the basketball, the rest of his game leaves much to be desired. His off-ball defense can be improved, as he can lost schematically at times. Trier does not generate many blocks or steals, and his relatively-small wingspan means that longer NBA players will have the ability to shoot over him. While he is a capable ball handler and can cross over defenders with ease, his floor spacing is virtually non-existent. He only averaged 3.2 assists despite a high usage rate. Trier could be a nice scoring touch off the bench, but without sizeable improvements in other areas of his game, it is difficult to envision him as someone who can play meaningful minutes.
Notes: Trier made the Pac 12 All-Conference First Team. Trier has been suspended for using performance enhancing drugs twice in his time at Arizona. During the 2016-17 season, he was suspended for 19 games, and then missed two games in the 2017-18 season for a trace amount of the drug reappearing.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog