Are our expectations of Max Strus too low?

My recent Twitter poll revealed our readers favor a Celtics roster spot for Javonte Green over Max Strus. Green is a 6'4" superb athlete who hasn't missed a shot yet (10-of-10) in Pre-season play and is a tough defender. Strus is a 6'6" 3-point shooting machine with suspect defensive tendencies (per Wikipedia):

He became only the second Blue Demons player ever to score 700 points in a season after former 1st Overall draft pick Mark Aguirre with 705 points and set single season school records for three-point shots taken (311) and made (113) in two seasons,

Strus went undrafted after a 2018-19 season at DePaul where he averaged 20.1 PPG while shooting 43% on field goals and 36% on 3-pointers. On October 13, Max played 16 minutes in a pre-season contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers - scored 14 points on four made 3-pointers on six attempts (67% accuracy). He also had four rebounds and two assists.


Pre-draft mocks generally had Strus not being taken in the 2019 NBA draft, and he was labeled as a dead-eye scorer off screens. That ability may project better at the NBA level than in college play with seasoned veterans setting the screens for him. This is what one of our knowledgeable readers thinks (per David Anthopoulos):

The guy (Strus) set all kinds of shooting and scoring records in his two years at Lewis University, and when he transferred to DePaul to play in Division I, he did the same thing there. I think that Brad and Danny knew how good of a pure shooter he was, and that’s why he was promised at least a two-way. His ceiling is Jason Kapono/Kyle Korver, and at 6’6”, he can get that shot off. He can help right away, if we’re in a scoring drought. A pure shooter doesn’t need Maine (Red Claws) that much.

The main point here is that the Celtics end-of-the-bench guy is not going to see much, if any, action. If Max can show he is a better defender than he showed at DePaul, he could get the nod for the final roster spot.

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