Luke Harangody’s his winning Irish ways continue as a member of the Boston Celtics.
Thus far the power forward is proving his value to Boston as their 52nd pick taken in the second round in last month’s NBA draft. He leads the Celtics summer league squad in points (18.5) and rebounds (8.0) after two games. .
The collegiate All-American appears to be those who questioned his athleticism and shooting ability wrong by taking his game to thenext level. The former Notre Dame standout has displayed a well-rounded offensive game that sees him running the floor, driving to the basket, and shooting three pointers. .
Against the Charlotte Bobcats in his first D-League game in which he scored 23 points, Harangody shot an impressive 4-6 from the three point line. This ability has come as a surprise to his teammates as well. Especially to Celtic Guard and fellow D-league teammate Oliver Lafayette . "Coming here, I was like, 'He's a good low-post player, nice mid-range,’” said the teammate, “but I didn't know he could shoot the ball like that. It kind of surprised me in practice. I was like, 'I can go to him when we need a bucket.' ".
The Notre Dame standout continued his strong play against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday registering 14 points and a team best 12 rebounds. His performance included a 6-6 effort from the foul line, a block and an assist. .
Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has been impressed by his draft selection. "I don't have any questions about his work ethic and talent level,” said the boss, “He's been a good player. He's a very serious kid. He loves the game. I think he has a chance to have a good NBA career." .
The Celtics and Harangody next play Charlotte at the RDV Sports Complex in Orlando Wednesday against Charlotte. .