To learn more about Banton, we spoke with Celtics Blog writer Adam Taylor.
Q: What were your initial thoughts when you saw that the Celtics had traded Dalano Banton?
I didn’t have many thoughts to be fair. Banton has struggled to find regular playing time for the Celtics this season. Being sent to a rebuilding team that could potentially find a role for him is a great opportunity. Hopefully, he can carve out some minutes in the rotation over there.
Q: What is the biggest strength and weakness about Banton’s game?
Scoring. Banton can run the pick-and-roll, and has great court-navigation. One of his strongest aspects is how he usually gets to his spots. However, he struggles with converting that navigation into points. It’s a real limiting factor for him.
Q: Do you think the Blazers overpaid for Banton by sending over a protected second-round pick?
A heavily protected pick for an oversized guard that has shown flashes of potential. I think it’s a fair price considering the work he needs to put in, and the patience the franchise will need to show with him.
Q: What is Banton’s ceiling with the Blazers? Is there a certain player he reminds you of?
He reminds me a little of modern-day Ben Simmons - not All-NBA Ben Simmons, let’s get that clear :) and we’re just talking about ceiling here - he is far away from being anywhere close to Simmons right now. Still, he has size, can pressure the rim, is a decent enough defender with great length and positional versatility. If he can bulk up and learn to finish through contact, while adding a reliable jumper, he could be a valuable 8-10th man in the rotation.
Editor’s Note: This article initially said Portland traded a protected first-round pick to acquire Banton from Boston. The article has been corrected to note Portland traded a protected second-round pick in the deal for Banton.