Draft and Stash Report: Zizic comes through with strong week

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. Last week’s “Draft and Stash Report” can be found here.
Abdel Nader//Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)//2016 2nd Round (58th overall)
Four year NBA vet Ryan Kelly has come in and taken over the leading scorer role in Maine, but Nader is still getting his share of looks and putting up solid numbers. He scored 23 points on 8-for-19 shooting in a win over the Westchester Knicks last Friday while also scoring 19 and 16 points respectively in the Red Claws two games since; the Egyptian born wing player also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists across these three appearances. None of this is new, we really see games like this week after week from Nader but now it’s time for the weekly turnover tracker, another area where there’s really nothing new to report. He actually raised his turnover average by giving the ball away at least five times in all three of these games and it continues to be the biggest flaw in his game.

Marcus Thornton//Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Italy)//2015 2nd Round (45th overall)
As much as Thornton has struggled since becoming Celtic property, he did play very well in VL Pesaro’s lone contest this week. The former William & Mary star dropped a team high 17 points in their loss as the team continued to struggle. He’s averaging 11.8 PPG while jumping between the bench and starting lineup and his shooting percentages are both way up from where they were a year ago when he played in Australia. Thronton does need to become a more dominant scorer if he’s ever going to get a serious look from the Celtics or any NBA team. He was a prolific scorer in college but no other numbers ever jumped off the page and he’s not doing much else overseas right now beside the occasional scoring breakout.

Guerschon Yabusele//Shanghai Sharks (China)//2016 1st Round (16th overall)
The Sharks have hit a bit of a snag. They’ve fallen out of first place and there are three teams right on their tail exactly one game back so they’re in danger of falling even further back if this continues. But struggles aside, Yabusele is still putting up big numbers and giving fans in New England lots of reasons to feel good about his future. The French forward scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds in their game against the Tianjin Steel and followed that up with a 30 point, 16 rebound outing against the Beijing Ducks in a game where former Celtics point guard Stephon Marbury stole the show and dropped 34 points for the Ducks.

Ante Zizic//Darussafka Dogus (Turkey)//2016 1st Round (23rd overall)
Two wins for the Dogus this week and Zizic played to big games in the process. He had a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double on Friday night, while shooting 6-for-7 from the floor and also blocked a shot in the process. Zizic followed that up on Monday with another strong showing, scoring 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds. These performances were probably needed because after a flurry of praise was coming down from a number of international scouts a few weeks ago, Zizic and his team seemed to slow down a bit and he was coming off arguably his worst performance since switching teams in December after scoring just three points and grabbing two rebounds. Offensive rebounding has become a huge part of Zizic’s game. The 20-year old grabbed seven of them over these two games and is averaging 3.0 offensive rebounds per game over his last ten appearances.


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