Colton Iverson Traded to Boston Celtics: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Colton Iverson #45 of the Colorado State Rams goes up for a rebound against the UNLV Rebels during the second half of a semifinal game of the Reese's Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 75-65.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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With the 53rd pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Indiana Pacers selected Colton Iverson from Colorado State University and subsequently traded him to the Boston Celtics.

Here's everything you need to know about Iverson: 

Nobody used the transfer system better than Colton Iverson, who, after three years as an afterthought at Minnesota, moved on to Colorado State for an expanded role.

And now he's considered a legitimate option in this year's draft.

Iverson anchored one of the top defensive and rebounding teams in the country, landing on NBA radars in the process.

He averaged 14.2 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game.


Physical Tools

Iverson has excellent physical tools for the brand of ball he likes to play, though he mostly plays under the rim due to a lack of athleticism.

At 7'0'' with a 7'2'' wingspan, Iverson has the size and length to compete down low. But he's also extremely strong. Iverson uses all 262 pounds of his imposing frame to bang underneath and fight for points.

He lacks the athleticism to make him a can't-miss prospect, but his grit and physical presence are desirable traits.


Back to the Basket

Iverson's go-to move in the paint isn't a secret. He loves the jump hook, which he's gotten very comfortable with over the years. 

Down low, he shows soft hands and a good feel for the basket.

This simple post move is textbook—two lefty dribbles to set up the righty hook:

Same move, same result, different game:

It's safe to say that this is Iverson's best move in the post, and though he's unlikely to get his number called in isolation at the NBA level, it's nice to know he can score one-on-one in space.

He shot 59.6 percent from the field as a senior, which shouldn't come as a surprise given the quality of shots he takes.


Interior Activity

Iverson provides heavy interior activity when he's on the floor. He doesn't need to be featured offensively to stay effective.

He's good for easy finishes inside off dumps, lobs and putbacks.

Coaches at the NBA level will likely bring Iverson in off the bench to provide interior activity on both sides of the ball.



Iverson pulled in 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, using his length and strength to bully opposing frontcourts. When a shot goes up, rarely is Iverson not in the picture.

He eats a ton of space, but he also has a relentless motor and fearlessness crashing the glass.

When Iverson comes down with it, it's difficult to prevent him from going back up. His strength and will can be overwhelming on the interior, which allows him to pick up a few easy buckets every game.



Iverson isn't much of a shot-creator and is pretty much limited to work in the paint. Jump hooks, tip-ins or point-blank finishes are pretty much the only three avenues he explores for points.

He shot below 60 percent from the foul line in all four years of college. There doesn't seem to be any sign of a perimeter game, which caps his upside.

Also, for a guy his size, it's a little troubling he averaged less than a block per game. That likely has to do with his inability to get up. Only Jeff Withey and Rudy Gobert had worse jumps at the combine than Iverson's 30-inch max vertical leap.

He's not very laterally quick, which could affect his defensive rotations and ability to guard face-up big men.