Celtics have signed undrafted Georgetown guard L. J. Peak
The Boston Celtics have signed former Georgetown guard L. J. Peak. Peak is a 6'5", 215-pound guard with a 6'10" wingspan. He went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft and even though he may never be a star in the league, he fits the profile of the type of player the Celts seek to acquire. Here is what Ryan Thomson of Draft Express had to say about L.J.:
To his credit, Peak has found a number of ways to impact the game that don't require him to be a ball dominant player. He's a smart cutter off the ball, he plays hard, and has a level of maturity that coaches appreciate. Playing on an underachieving Georgetown team kept Peak out of the spotlight to an extent but he fits the mold of versatile wings with the potential to bring energy on both ends of the floor.
I first saw Peak play at the 2011 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Classic, which features high school teams from across the country, allows spectators to see future NBA stars before they enter college. Shabazz Muhammed captured most of the spotlight that year, but L. J. Peak showed that he had NBA potential. The video below captures some highlights from his college days.
L. J. is almost certainly heading to Boston's NBA G-League affiliate, but he has the size and versatility that Celtics President Danny Ainge is looking for. Peak may eventually qualify as both a secondary ball handler and wing in small ball lineups. He is a skilled offensive player with the wingspan to guard taller opponents.
Ainge has his sights fixed on eventually matching up against the Golden State Warriors. He appears to be assembling a team of high-character, two-way players between 6'4" and 6'10" who can play at least two of the ball handler/wing/big positions. L. J. Peak fits that profile.
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