Former LSU basketball star Jordan Mickey has wasted no time making his presence felt with the Boston Celtics.
Jordan Mickey is already making a solid first impression with the Boston Celtics, delivering an impressive showing at the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The LSU product has built off of a respectable performance at the Utah Summer League, where he ranked fourth in blocks with two per game and recorded 9.7 points per game on 52.2 percent shooting. His average of five boards per game left a lot to be desired, however, especially for a player that nearly averaged a double-double with the Tigers last season.
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Mickey has flipped the script in the past few days, improving by leaps and bounds during the Celtics’ first two games in Las Vegas.
The athletic power forward is averaging a double-double and, at 10.5 boards per game, has more than doubled his rebounding numbers from Utah. He is also leading the summer league with 3.5 blocks per game, while averaging 15.5 points per game on 59.1 percent shooting. The shot-blocking numbers should come as no surprise, considering that Mickey was the most prolific shot-blocker in all of college basketball last season.
What has turned the most heads, however, was a 16-point, 11-rebound and 4-block performance on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Here are Mickey’s highlights from the game:
Mickey does it all during the Celtics victory, whether it is showing off his deceiving shooting range, displaying his arsenal of post moves, finishing with authority at the basket and, of course, serving as the elite rim protector that earned him national recognition while at LSU.
The 6-foot-8 forward realizes that he is known primarily for his defensive abilities, and is using the summer league to prove to the Celtics that he is an offense threat as well, something he made very clear against the 76ers.
“I definitely want to show that I have the capability of scoring the ball,” Mickey told CSNNE.com. “I hang my hat on defense, rebounding and blocking shots. But I have to show I can score some too, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that so far.”
His outstanding performance at the NBA Summer League appears to have earned the second-round pick a spot on the roster, as the Celtics’ front office has been meeting with Mickey’s representatives this week in hopes of hammering out a contract.
With fellow former Tiger Brandon Bass leaving Boston to join the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, Mickey’s role with the Celtics in 2015 could be even larger than initially expected.