Guerschon Yabusele was selected by the Celtics as the No. 16 pick of the 2016 NBA draft and the forward might be ready to make his way onto the Celtics’ roster.
The 6-foot 8-inch, 260-pound power forward from France has come to be known as the “Dancing Bear” for his quick feet despite his large frame. Yabusele played in the 2016 NBA summer league, but wasn’t given a roster spot for the 2016-17 season.
He sought out international opportunities to keep playing and signed with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. While in China, he averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.
Playing overseas wasn’t a problem for Yabusele.
“Even if I’ve got to go one year, two years in Europe, in another country and play, I’ll go,” he said, via NESN last summer after being drafted. “I just want to play in the NBA and try to be better, so it’s great.”
He finished the season with the Maine Red Claws, an NBA D-League team, after he sprained an ankle while playing in China. Yabusele was an immediate force for the Red Claws and averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 10 rebounds per game, while shooting 65 percent from the field.
During the Red Claws’ postseason, Yabusele continued to contribute. In those five games, he shot 49 percent from the field and averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.
In an ESPN interview in March, Jaylen Brown talked about the bond he and Yabusele maintained despite the distance, excited Brown for the summer when they would play together again.
However, that dream will have to wait.
According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Yabusele recently underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and will miss this year’s summer league.
Yabusele’s rebounding ability is what Brown thinks would make him a good addition to the Celtics’ roster. While there was no room in the Celtics rotation for him this season, next season could be the chance for his NBA debut.
Without a summer to showcase his game, he will have to rely on his international and D-League performances. He is a large player with an even larger repertoire, which is exactly what the Celtics value.
Yabusele is a strong and methodical player with the ability to get to the rim. His outside shot has a slow release, but the three-point range is there. The Celtics need a forward that has the ability to sets screens and open up the floor with three-point range — attributes that are comparable to Al Horford.
While Yabusele wouldn’t fill the potential position spots of free agents Jonas Jerebko, Gerald Green and James Young, he would add some well-needed size that the Celtics lack. Amir Johnson is the most comparable player on the active roster, in regards to size, who averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game in the postseason.
In order to size-up against bigger opponents, Yabusele would be a solid selection as a role player that rebounds and has the ability to score.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog