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The blunt lowdown on overseas stashes, Yam Madar and Juhann Begarin

 If you want the unfiltered, unadulterated lowdown on a future NBA player, just ask a seasoned, but anonymous, pro basketball scout. That is what CelticsBlog did when they inquired about Celtics stashes, Yam Madar and Juhann Begarin., The following quotes are are via Keith P. Smith:

Yam Madar on offense:

His biggest flaw remains an aversion to contact. He’s a good free throw shooter, but he does everything he can to avoid contact still. Maybe that will change, but he needs to get stronger. Still loses the ball when he drives too much for my liking.

Madar on defense:

In a team scheme, like Boston’s, he’ll probably hold up ok. But Payton Pritchard is their weakest defender, right? Madar is miles behind Pritchard as a defender. He’s not as quick and he doesn’t have the strong base Pritchard has.

Overall on Madar:

Now, I think he can be a solid third point guard. Maybe a change-of-pace guy. Brad Stevens loved those guys and got a lot out of Shane Larkin, Brad Wanamaker and Phil Pressey. Ime Udoka seems to need you to defend to stay on the floor, so I’m not sure he’d throw Madar out there to change things up

Juhann Begarin on offense:

As an athlete, this kid is way up there. He’s 100% an NBA-level athlete. No worries there. The problem is that teams are going to play a mile off him if he can’t hit shots. I don’t know if Boston dictated that he change his shot, or if that came from Paris, or maybe he did it himself. I’m not sure, but it’s not great.

Begarin on defense:

The physical tools are all there. He’s quick, he’s got good length, he’s pretty strong and he’s tough. Begarin is really good at sliding his feet to stay in front of drivers. Then he uses his long arms and strong hands to create deflections and steals.

Overall on Begarin:

Defensively, Juhann Begarin will be fine after a summer, training camp and half-season of learning. Offensively, there are miles to go.

Final thoughts on both:

Boston doesn’t have high-end stashes in Yam Madar and Juhann Begarin, but they’re good players. And they’re very young.

Tom's Input:

These two guys just aren't ready yet. "Good players" and "very young" would be my first indicators of that. At 6'3" and 180 pounds, Mader may have mental toughness, but  his frame looks like it may not hold up for a full NBA season. But he definitely has some skills worth waiting for.

Begarin appears to be a future candidate for tutoring by Marcus Smart. The 6'5", 192 pound wing is tough and athletic, but his offense is extremely limited. But he is only 19 years old.

Combine the qualities of both players into one individual, and Ime Udoka would have something to work with. That won't happen, but some strength training by Madar and the right shooting coach for Begarin - and at least another year or two overseas - and we may see this pair in Celtics green.


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