Warren may be C's answer to scoring need

Warren may be C's answer to scoring need
June 3, 2014, 5:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — It doesn't always look pretty and it's not always aesthetically pleasing, but T.J. Warren has a way of getting buckets.

All the time.

That's why the 6-foot-8 small forward from N.C. State, is among the players under consideration by the Boston Celtics to be chosen with the No. 17 pick.

Warren was among the six-pack of players brought in for workouts on Tuesday.

The reigning ACC player of the Year wants to show that there's more to his game than just racking up points.

He said he wants to show, "my overall hard work. A guy that can knock down shots, defend at a high level; just all-around play hard every time."

While that's well and good, Warren is considered one of the better prospects in this draft because of his ability to score in a multitude of ways.

This past season, he averaged an ACC-best 24.9 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. He became just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and field goal percentage.

And his 24.9 points per game scoring average ranked third in the nation.

As much as Warren wants to showcase his all-around game, any discussion about him will include a heavy dose of discussion about his scoring ability.

And for the Celtics, you can chalk that up to one of the many needs they have to address soon.

During last season's 25-57 campaign, the Celtics averaged 96.2 points per game which was the fifth-lowest scoring average in the NBA. The Celtics also shot 43.5 percent from the field which ranked 28th out of 30 teams.

And while most players score primarily from the perimeter, driving to the basket or from mid-range, Warren has shown the ability to hurt teams from all points on the floor.

When asked if that kind of versatility without a go-to mode for scoring is a good thing, Ainge responded, "It can be.

He added, "It certainly requires some creativity in coaching a player like that. And T.J., I think ... you just put him on the court and he's going to find a way to score. I don't even think you need to run plays for him and he'll find ways to score. He's talented that way."