Former Arizona Wildcat Kadeem Allen was drafted with the 53rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Allen’s selection came as a surprise in a draft night full of surprises and last-second deals. The Arizona guard wasn’t on any mock drafts, and was ranked 64th of Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.
Nevertheless, Allen is the 71st Wildcat — and the ninth in the Sean Miller era — to hear his name called on draft night.
Second-round picks do not guarantee NBA contracts. Allen will have to prove himself in the NBA Summer League in order to prove himself. Regardless, Allen’s physical measurements — he’s 6’1″ with a 6’9″ wingspan — and his defensive skill set will give Allen a shot at carving out an NBA role.
The Celtics’ depth chart currently has NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Demetrius Jackson, per RealGM.com. But the Celtics have been linked to offseason rumors involving Pacers forward Paul George, Utah forward Gordon Hayward and Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, per Boston.com’s Nicole Yang and Hayden Bird. In other words: It is possible that Boston won’t be Allen’s permanent spot.
Allen’s teammates Kobi Simmons and Chance Comanche went undrafted. The Pac-12 had 13 players selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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