Getting to know Jabari Bird, pick No. 56 in 2017 NBA draft
The Celtics left the 2017 NBA draft last week with Jayson Tatum at No. 3 overall, Semi Ojeleye at No. 37 overall, Kadeem Allen at No. 53 overall and Jabari Bird at No. 56 overall.
Bird is a 6-foot 6-inch senior shooting guard from Cal who averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds during the 2016-17 season. He shot 44 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three-point land. More than half of his field goal attempts were from three-point range. Bird was named to the All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention team, ranks 25th in all-time career points at Cal and fifth for three-pointers made.
Bird is the type of player that can knock down shots with hands in his face and gathers his body well in catch-and-shoot situations. Whether it be off down screens or cuts filling strong side, Bird constantly looks to catch and shoot the ball with every touch.
He finishes well with contact around the rim, but his takes can look like off-balance throws at times. When Bird is going full speed to the rim, he lacks court vision and player awareness. He often misses open teammates on the weak side or players cutting down the lane mainly because he has a score-first mentality, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Bird and Jaylen Brown played together for one season at Cal during the 2015-16 season before Brown entered the NBA draft and was the No. 3 pick overall pick to the Celtics.
The Celtics had a type of player in mind that they wanted for the draft, and in all four picks they got scorers and athletic players who have the ability to contribute with shooting, rebounding and getting to the rim.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog