Welcome to Part Two of our exciting two-part series where CelticsHub breaks down the potential rookie additions. This morning, Hayes came out in full snark mode, discussing the players he feels will be on the Celtics’ draft board Thursday night. I agree with most of his analysis which ostensibly prevents the half-ginger on half-ginger violence that would have ensued over the fact that I LOVE Jon Leuer Jon Leuer rip.
In this second and final act, we’ll discuss the players that the Celtics should draft. The Celtics should draft a player from the following list for one of two important reasons: 1) enough GMs picking in the top half of the draft get spooked by something unrelated to basketball that said player falls into said Celtic lap; or 2) enough GMs fail to use their basketball brain and instead draft with their ZOMG!-bone (I believe it’s connected to the knee somehow).
If you’re wondering who the poster-child for the ZOMG!-bone draftee, it’s Jeremy Tyler. There’s nothing like high school scouting reports to get someone going pre-draft. Remember when Avery Bradley was better than John Wall? The thing about Tyler is that he was actually drafted last year. Seriously, little known fact. Although, last year he was called Latavious Williams.
Instead of oo-ing and aw-ing over some 19-year-olds’ potential, the Celtics should draft someone who can help right away. And I don’t want to hear about how rookies can’t help right away. There are plenty of players- Quincy Pondexter, Landry Fields, Trevor Booker, Jordan Crawford- that got rotational minutes last year. With the uncertainty of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Celtics will either need to get a player that can compete for minutes right away or put up the “For Sale” sign.
Since none of us want that (and Danny Ainge has all but explicitly said that it’s not happening) let’s look at the players the Celtics should be drafting on Thursday:
We’ll delve into the second round and any first round snubs tomorrow!