Draft and Stash Report: Nader strong in Red Claws victory

The “Draft and Stash Report” is published every Thursday to give fans a look into the drafted players that the Celtics currently have playing in other leagues. Boston currently holds the draft rights to Abdel Nader, Marcus Thornton, Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic.  

 

Abdel Nader//Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)//2016 2nd Round (58th overall)
Demetrius Jackson, James Young and Jordan Mickey were all up with the Celtics so none of them were available to the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday night, but that didn’t stop them from opening the calendar year with a victory. Nader dropped 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting in their 95-91 win over the Delaware 87ers and he also stuffed the stat sheet by recording eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. He scored four of the team’s final six points, including a step back jump shot with 1:03 remaining in the contest that made it a two score game and put Maine in a great position to win. His 21.8 PPG is leading the team right now and his shots are falling a solid rate with a 46.9% shooting percentage and a 38.2% mark from beyond the arc; Nader is also averaging 6.1 RPG, 2.9 APG and 1.2 SPG. Turnovers have been a black mark on an otherwise strong season for the Egyptian native as he is leading the Red Claws by turning the ball over almost four times per game.

Marcus Thornton//Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy)//2015 2nd Round (45th overall)
Consultinvest VL Pesaro took to the floor on Monday night and lost to European powerhouse Olympia Milano, a team that the Celtics played on their preseason trip to Europe during the preseason in 2015. Thornton scored seven points in 18 minutes off the bench, shooting 3-for-7 from the floor in the process. The former William & Mary star is averaging 11.0 PPG on the season so far and he has been in and out of the starting lineup through 14 games. While his raw number aren’t anything to write home about, he’s still having a better season in Europe compared to his struggles in Australia last season.

Guerschon Yabusele//Shanghai Sharks (China)//2016 1st Round (16th overall)
It’s been a busy stretch for Yabusele and the Sharks as they’ve had three games over the last seven days but fans in Boston will be happy with the production that the French forward put out. He had two 28 point games and a 29 point night during this recent stretch and he also averaged 11.0 RPG over the three games as well. Yabusele hasn’t started a game yet this season but he’s still second on the team in scoring – behind only Jimmer Fredette – and he’s also their leading rebounder. What’s even more impressive is the fact that he’s doing this on a first place team. The Sharks are leading the Chinese league with a 20-5 record, although they are currently riding a two game losing streak.

Ante Zizic//Darussafka Dogus (Turkey)//2016 1st Round (23rd overall)
Zizic had an excellent run this fall with KK Cibona in Croatia by averaging 20.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG and 1.3 BPG but he’s now onto new things in 2017 after catching on with the David Blatt coached Darussafka Dogus in Turkey. Monday marked just his second game with the Dogus and he cashed in with four points and four rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench after scoring four points and grabbing six boards in 16 minutes during his debut with the team a week earlier. Former Celtic center Semih Erden seems to be getting some minutes over him right now and fans would like to see that change a bit as the season goes on. It will definetly be interesting to see how Zizic begins to adapt with his new team after playing so well with Cibona earlier in the season.

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