The Boston Celtics are hosting Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves for a late workout ahead of the 2021 NBA draft according to Forbes Sports’ Chris Grenham. The 23-year-old sharpshooter redshirted a season after transferring from Wichita State in 2018 and has seen his 3-point shooting falter with the Sooners, hurting his draft stock.
But, Reaves still sports a career 34.7% efficiency rate with that shot after a sizzling start of 45.1% with the Shockers. At 6-foot-5, the Arkansas native logged 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and nearly a steal per game in his final collegiate season, and could be an intriguing steal if he falls to Boston’s range at No. 45.
A strong showing at the 2021 NBA Combine likely helped the Oklahoma product’s chances of being taken earlier, but it isn’t out of the question that he could still be on the board for the Celtics with some luck.
A significant shift in how he was used from one school to another Reaves discusses at length in a new interview by Grenham with the former Sooner helps explain the plummeting shooting.
It’s not clear that that’s enough to convince Boston he’s a worthwhile gamble for the team’s sole selection in the 2021 NBA draft, but the mere fact they are hosting him so late in the process suggests that he is a name to watch for Boston fans.