Man, the Celtics dogged a bullet with Utah taking Exum.
Yes and No.
You have to factor in Exum’s debilitating injuries early in his career.
He played one full season in 2014, then hasn’t played up to 70 games since. Torn ACL 2015-16. Shoulder surgery 2017. Ankle problems 2018. Torn patellar tendon 2019.
Was there a genetic component or just bad luck? If you watch footage of a young Exum he floats across the court and had elite athleticism. That elite athletic ability is now gone.
I think without those injuries, he very much could have been a Mikal Bridges type of talent.
Exum Rookie Highlights: https://youtu.be/5s9yWLR5yWs
(Remember he was only 19 at the time)