Danny Ainge and the rest of the Boston Celtics front office staff continue to work around the clock nonstop to finding any logical pieces to add to this current core. Ainge has had a long history of finding diamonds in the rough and turning those diamonds into opals. The next piece that could join the Celtics in the near future is DeAndre Kane. Apparently, the Celtics aren’t the only team interested in him as the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings are showing interest in Kane as well.
After going undrafted in this summers draft, Kane played for the Los Angeles Lakers on their Summer League team. Kane averaged 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game during Summer League play for the Lakers. Kane didn’t make the training camp roster the following September, but is currently playing overseas in Belgium. Kane is making a name for himself in a country that isn’t notorious for basketball as he is averaging 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game in EuroChallenge play for the Antwerp Giants.
Prior to the draft, Kane’s numbers at Iowa State really stood out for a player that surprisingly wasn’t drafted. Kane averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 36 games as a senior at Iowa State.
DeAndre Kane is listed as a 6’4″ guard that played 4 years of college ball (3 at Marshall and 1 at Iowa State). He possesses a lot of good quality strengths that could really help the Celtics address some of their needs. Kane has played point guard for most of his senior season at Iowa State and was a huge reason why Iowa State became a much stronger college basketball team besides the good coaching of Fred Hoiberg. He’s able to create tons of open shots for his teammates and was a big reason why Iowa State have won many clutch games last season.
There are only a couple of things that plague Kane, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing or something that can’t be fixed. He just turned 25 this past June and his ceiling will appear to be very limited in many scouts’ eyes. I personally don’t find this to be a bad thing because we have encouraged a lot here at TitleTownTalk that experience can be a huge asset to any player joining a franchise and Kane has a lot of it. Another thing that can hurt his future professional career, but it can be improved given time is his free throw shooting. The charity stripe has never been his best friend as he only shot 63.5 percent last season. Free throws are easy to improve for some people and I think Kane can definitely improve in that area as long as he keeps forcing his way to the free throw line as the games progress.
It’s a surprise to me that Kane wasn’t draft this summer by any NBA team, but not surprising that his consistency is there even if he’s playing in Belgium. Knowing Danny Ainge, he isn’t going to sign, draft or trade anybody just for the sake of filling a roster spot. He is only interested in players that will have an immediate impact and Kane just could be the next guy. There are other teams interested in Kane and there could be some competition on who gives him the best offer and chance to succeed as a professional.