Name: Jordan Bell
Position: Power Forward
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Weight: 227 lbs.
Stats: 10.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG
One breakout star from March Madness was Jordan Bell and it did wonders for his draft stock. Bell averaged 11.4 PPG, 12.1 RPG and 2.9 BPG in eight games between the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments, with his marquee performance coming in the Elite Eight when he torched Kansas for 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists and an amazing eight blocks.
While is postseason heroics turned him into a household name, Bell was solid for the Ducks over his entire three year career. The 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was their starting power forward from the first day he stepped foot on campus as a freshman and walks away as the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots despite leaving one more year of eligibility on the table. Bell led the Pac-12 in shooting percentage this past season with a 65.9% mark and he shot 62.2% from the field over his three year college career.
Bell was never the “star” at Oregon while playing out his career along side the likes of Joe Young and Dillon Brooks, who won Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017 respectively. That’s probably how he projects as a professional player too, a solid front court player who’s just there to do his job. Good comparisons for Bell include guys like Brandon Bass or Glen Davis.
How He Fits
Bell gives the Celtics everything that their fans have been screaming for all year as a rim protector and a rebounding threat; what’s even better is that there might even be a window for him to crack the rotation as a rookie. Jordan Mickey came into a team two years ago that signed Amir Johnson and traded for David Lee in the same offseason while also having established big men already on the roster in Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk. With Johnson and Jonas Jerebko set to hit free agency, Kelly Olynyk set to become an unrestricted free agent and Zeller having an $8 million team option that probably won’t get picked up, there could be a back of the rotation spot up from grabs that a hard playing grinder like Bell could win.
Boston hold the 36th overall pick from the Brandon Wright trade and that is right around where many people project Bell to go off the board. Some mock drafts have him going a little higher but because the Celtics don’t have any late first round picks and they also won’t pick again until the 53rd overall pick rolls around, he has to be there at 36 if Ainge wants to draft him.
Past Scouting Reports