Abdel Nader has been making quite the early impression during his stint in Maine. Through the first three games he is averaging 27 points per game, while shooting 46% from beyond the arc. Even his Celtics teammate Demetrius Jackson has been preforming well for the Red Claws.
Nader showcased his abilities during the NBA Summer League, yet it wasn't enough to crack Boston's roster. Now, if the 23-year-old continues to produce at this rate, he may earn himself some serious consideration for a roster spot going into next season's training camp.
There is only one problem about getting overly excited about the stats players put up in the D-League, mainly concerning the style of play. Games are always meant to be fast-paced and high scoring, benefiting guards who have a knack for putting the ball in the hole.
152 points? Clearly teams in the development league lack any serious attention towards the defensive side of the ball. For that reason its safe to assume that production in Maine won't necessarily transfer over to the NBA.
But, for the moment Nader currently has the fifth highest points per game (PPG) average in the D-League. An impressive mark given the number of talented scorers in the league, especially while virtually no defense is being played.
Consistency on both ends of the court will obviously be the key to separating himself from other D-Leaguers. We know now that Nader can score from anywhere on the floor, but will he be able to defend his position? That will be the real question for the Celtics 58th draft selection as he continues to develop.
Highlights of Abdel Nader and the Red Claws:
Spencer Tawes 11/17/2016 08:00:00 AM Tweet Edit