Another draft, another point guard for the Boston Celtics. Terry Rozier out of Louisville was taken with the 16th pick in the 2015 draft.
At 6'1 and 190 lbs, Rozier will be walking into a crowded backcourt scenario in Boston, having to fight with Isaiah Thomas and last year's number six pick Marcus Smart for playing time. Rozier comes in as a notable defender, something Boston already has in Smart. However, he's a little better of a shooter with his free-throw percentage at 71 percent for the year, while he shot 37% from behind the three-point line.
Rozier could grow alongside Isaiah Thomas for an offensive duo. Boston will have to juggle Smart, Isaiah, and Rozier at that point guard slot, but Boston has been high on Rozier for awhile and it seems as though they plan on keeping him for the long-term.
Rozier had 27 steals in conference play, and he is not afraid to go after the ball and rebound. Rozier had 10 defensive rebounds against Western Kentucky earlier in the year and will need all the rebounding help they can get, drafting a guard who can go get rebounds is a major plus. . When he had his first start against Louisiana Lafayette, Rozier went 5-for-6 from the field with 11 points and three assists, demonstrating that he can be efficient on the offensive end of the floor.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sees major upside to Rozier and is excited to be able to coach him, he'll also try to fit him into a much crowded backcourt rotation.