Celtics trade into 2nd round for Colton Iverson

Celtics trade into 2nd round for Colton Iverson
June 28, 2013, 1:15 am
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BOSTON — With Kevin Garnett's departure via trade in principle to Brooklyn, the Celtics will be in the market for some added size.

That's the one thing Colton Iverson will provide.

How that translates in the NBA remains to be seen, but at least the 7-foot, 255-pound center from Colorado State will get that opportunity with the Celtics who acquired his draft rights from Indiana, for cash, when the Pacers selected Iverson in the second round with the 53rd overall pick.

An honorable mention All-American who was also a first-team All-Mountain West performer as a senior, Iverson averaged 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the field.

One of his greatest strengths is his ability to score on hustle plays like tip-ins and put-backs, which accounts for why he ranks fourth all-time in Colorado State history in field goal percentage.

However, his age - he turns 24 years old on Saturday - and lack of athleticism makes him a player that will have to prove himself on the C's summer league team and possibly in training camp, in order to land a roster spot.

If the trade involving Garnett to Brooklyn goes through as expected next month, the C's will have just two centers - Fab Melo and Shavlik Randolph - on their roster for this season.

With no coach in place and apparently no sense of urgency to hire one anytime soon, it's unclear how many bigs the C's plan to carry this season.