I like this kid. He is tough and a hard worker and determined to make the teams who passed on him in the draft sorry. You have to pull for a kid who has come through the adversity he has and has come out on top. I am hoping he spends some time between now and training came working with Clifford Ray and he will be that much better when training camp comes around.
The Celtics haven’t seen a whole lot of Leon Powe, but they’ve seen enough to give him a three-year contract.
Like the deal given to Ryan Gomes (also a second-round pick) last year, Powe will get a full guarantee this season, with the latter two years at the option of the team.
The Celts obviously had their eyes on the 6-foot-8 power forward awhile before making the draft night trade with Denver to get his rights.
“Leon is a really hard-working, low-post, rebounding tough kid,” Ainge said. “He hasn’t had a chance to play all that much here, but we thought he had a really good camp. He hasn’t played a ton of minutes, but he’s done some good things that we like.
“He’s done well on second efforts. He’s gotten a few baskets that way that no one else on our team would have got, just hanging around the glass. He’s a high-effort guy.”
Powe is pleased to know where he’ll be working.
“It’s good to know you’re going to be someplace,” he said. “Now I can just go out and work hard. That’s what I do.”
Powe had eight points and six rebounds yesterday, finishing the week with nearly four boards a game in 15.4 minutes.
“I’m learning that you’ve got to find your spots up here,” he said. “You have to run the floor and get loose balls and tip-ins.” [More] source: Boston Herald
Way to go, Powe. Can we have yet another second round gem like we did last year when Gomes fell to the 50th pick?
I think Powe and Gomes will have specific roles off the bench. If Rivers wants a PF off the bench who can work the post and score, he'll use Powe. If Rivers wants some perimeter firepower, he'll use Gomes. But whichever one he uses, we know that we will be getting solid rebounding on the offensive end because both guys are good off the glass.