Alec Peters could be a second-round fit for the Celtics.

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NBA Draft Profile: Valparaiso power forward Alec Peters

Olivia Healy
June 13, 2017 - 11:58 am
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As part of WEEI.com's coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Position: Power Forward

Hometown: Washington, IL

College: Valparaiso

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 240 pounds

Key 2016-17 stats: 23 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and a 36.3 three-point percentage

Scouting Report: Alec Peters has the ability shoot the ball consistently and from anywhere on the floor. He led Valpo in both three-point attempts and makes during the 2016-17 season.

"I believe in my jumpshot. I believe that I've got one of the best out there. And I think that I'm the best shooter in this draft, no question," Peters said in an interview with DraftExpress.

His ability to catch and shoot from beyond the arc and knock down shots from long distance in the pick-and-pop game is solid. He has consistent footwork and a smooth stroke when given space to get his shots off. The Celtics value players with such ability, too, and therefore, to have another big man that can spot up or step out and open up with lane would allow for more penetration of guards like Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Terry Rozier. Another dependable power forward would also relieve pressure from Al Horford. Peters is able to lead transition breaks and drive the gaps in the half-court set to either score or find the open teammate along the perimeter or slashing to the basket. His advanced baskebtall IQ is evident and he plays at a pace that is under control and methodical. 

He comes from a mid-major school, however, he has shown that he is able to compete against the best in the non-conference schedule. In a loss to Kentucky, Peters scored 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Peters also led his team in wins over Oregon and Rhode Island (two teams that went deep in the NCAA tournament). At Oregon, Peters scored 24 points, and against Rhode Island he had 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Peters' collegiate carreer was cut short due to a stress fracture in his leg, but he was still named the Horizon League Player of the Year, and finished as the all-time leading scorer at Valpo. 

His lack of athleticism is his biggest weakness, especially as an undersized player at the next level. While he is all over the offensive boards, he doesn't excel on the defensive glass. Also on defensive end and in one-on-one situations on the perimeter, he is one step behind his opponent and is quick to get beat going to the middle of the floor. At the next level, with more athletic and longer players, he is going to have to work even harder at positioning when shots go up and finishing those posessions when shot blockers swarm him. 

Mock drafts see Peters getting selected in the second round, and therefore could still be available at the Celtics' 37th pick. His repertoire certainly mimicks those of current Celtics and he is a reliable player, however, it is not say that the Celtics aren't ready to switch things up.

June 13, 2017 - 5:30 pm

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