2011 NBA Mock Draft: Boston selects Justin Harper with the 25th pick
Both Glen Davis and Troy Murphy will be unrestricted free agents this offseason. Kevin Garnett meanwhile is nearing the end of his career at age 34. Boston is about to incur heavy losses at the power forward position, and the franchise will use this pick to bring in a fresh young talent.
Richmond’s Justin Harper is not the most heralded of the low post prospects, but Harper has an excellent game that he is ready to put to use immediately at the NBA level. Harper stayed all four years at Richmond, and you can notice the level of polish in his game because of it. Justin had his breakout season last year averaging 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Spiders. Harper also has great size for the position at 6’10 225 lbs.
One critique that scouts do have about Justin Harper is that his game lacks physicality, and he prefers a finesse style of play. This may not sit well with Boston fans, and the Celtic tradition was certainly not built on “finesse basketball”. Nevertheless, at pick 25 Justin Harper is arguably the top prospect on the board and will fill a position that is about to take on losses.
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