Two more Pac-12 players join the Boston Celtics, likely to compete for one of the final roster spots. Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird will have work to do to make the team, especially a Boston team loaded with wing talent.
One of the best perimeter defenders in the NCAA during his two years under Sean Miller, Allen has all the makings of a stopper at the NBA level. The Hutchison Junior College transfer is tough, physical, long (6'9 wingspan) and more than happy to get under the skin of the opponent's best player, whether it's a one, two, or even a three at times.
Jabari Bird will also try and make the Celtics, trying to join his former teammate Jaylen Brown. Here’s a scouting report from DraftExpress.
California's Jabari Bird scored efficiently at Portsmouth and measured exactly as expected at 6'5.5 in shoes with a 6'8 wingspan, matching the numbers he posted early in his collegiate and prep career. He posted one of the slowed reaction shuttle times among players in attendance here, but bounced back with a solid 31.5 inch no-step vertical leap.