Should The Celtics Draft Corey Kispert?

Who is Corey Kispert?

Meet Corey Kispert, the next NBA sharpshooting machine. Corey Kispert is a 6’7″, 220-pound wing from the University of Gonzaga. He is 22 years old and is a shooting and scoring robot. He was a massive part of this year Gonzaga’s team that fell one game short of a National Championship. In addition, he may be a great addition to any NBA roster, specifically the Boston Celtics.

Most people know Kispert as a lights-out shooter. Well, that’s absolutely the case with him. However, he’s been a locked-in starter for the past three seasons with the Zags. His freshman year he started just seven games. After that, he started a combined 101 games,  including every single game for the past two seasons.

He was named to the All-WCC team twice and was named Player of the Year for the WCC in 2020-2021.

How Good is Corey Kispert?

In his four years at Gonzaga, Kispert averaged 11.6 points and 4 rebounds on an outstanding 48% FG, and 41% 3pt FG. By those stats, he seemed like a decent college player, so why is he being so heavily scouted? That would be his 2020-2021 season. He had a breakout senior year, averaging 18.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on an insane 53% shooting overall, and also was 44% from deep and 88% from the free-throw line. For college, those percentages are next level, especially on a top team in the country.

He had one game this season where against UVA, he finished with 32 points in a blowout win while shooting 9-13 from three, including EIGHT straight threes. He would be a great addition to any team.

How Does He Help Boston?

Kispert’s fit in Boston may be the best in the league. One thing out of many things they were missing last season was a pure shooter, a guy who could run off screens and just straight up shoot the rock. Aaron NesmitCredit Getty imageh was supposed to be this guy for them. Unfortunately, he did not come along until late in the season, and even with that, he did more around the rim and by hustling than by being a spot up shooter. Kispert’s shooting ability would also allow Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to have some floor spacing and would open up lanes for them, as well as bail them out on kick outs.

Kispert is just what the Celtics are looking for. The problem is, after Nemsith’s subpar season, will they be willing to take another risk on a college sharpshooter? Only time will tell.

 

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