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Celtics select Ghanaian with 51st pick in 2016 NBA draft

Bentil was better than his teammate Kris Dunn at times last season, averaging 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Providence forward Ben Bentil has been selected by Boston Celtics as their 51st pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

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Bentil was better than his teammate Kris Dunn at times last season, averaging 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

The 21-year-old scores at all levels of the floor, is a great ball handler for his size, and is quite mobile. He really embodies the qualities teams look for in a modern day big man, though he needs to refine his game.

Bentil is extremely raw though. He didn’t start playing basketball until his late teens and has poor feel for the game. He’ll need to improve his screening, passing, and decision-making before he can play consistently.

It’s more realistic for Bentil to be a contributor to the Maine Red Claws at this stage of his career, though he could very well still sign an NBA contract with the Celtics.

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