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NBA Mock Drafts 2014: Celtics Hub’s Final Picks

 

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#6

Tom Westerholm: Aaron Gordon.

Gordon isn’t going to be a franchise changer in that he has the potential to be a franchise player. But he might be a franchise changer in that he could be a key cog on a championship team. He’s an athletic freak who has blown away scouts with his intensity, his love for the game, his desire to become better and his willingness to learn. He’s a defensive monster who can guard multiple positions, run out in transition, handle the ball, rebound and pass. Is he ever going to be a knock-down shooter? Probably not, but all he needs to develop is a corner three to be an effective scorer with his athleticism.

If Joel Embiid is available, I would be shocked if Boston passed on him, which would be very exciting but also very nerve-wracking. If they take Gordon, I’ll be slightly less excited but not nervous at all. In this case, the safe pick is also the guy who can jump out of the gym and dunks on everything he can find. Count me in.

Brian Robb: Joel Embiid

If the Celtics don’t trade this pick, I feel like we see the Kansas big man fall past the Sixers (reportedly the other team in the top 6 considering him according to Yahoo! Sports) and Danny Ainge jump on the opportunity. The thing I am most curious about in this kind of scenario is whether Embiid’s availability will make the Wolves think twice about taking the Celtics’ offer for Kevin Love. That would create a tricky scenario for Ainge to navigate, but also a good one to have.

#17

Tom Westerholm: Dario Saric.

Know what Danny Ainge reeeeally likes? Assets. Dario Saric won’t be in the states for two years, but he might have been a high-to-mid lottery pick if he was guaranteed to be in the NBA next year. That makes him one heck of an asset, but not a piece that’s going to help anyone immediately. The Celtics are more patient than most teams in the lottery, and as Nikola Mirotic is showing in the Bulls/Wolves negotiations, high-level international assets can make a big difference in a trade for a superstar.

I don’t think the Celtics are going to get Kevin Love, but having an asset like Saric might prove very helpful the next time a similar situation arises.

Brian Robb: Saric

You worry about a team like the Hawks taking Saric a pick or two ahead of the C’s in order to stash him overseas but Boston (assuming they use the number 6) will be in patience mode. Waiting on Saric, who would be a top-10 pick in all likelihood if he was coming over the NBA now gives Boston a promising core two or three years down the road. If the trades don’t work now tonight for veterans, this is the route I fully expect Ainge to take.

  • hax

    Embiid and Saric will probably be the best(by draft experts at least) at each 6 & 17, and they’ll be fine picks. Kind of anti-climactic having neither draft pick around to start the season though. Not really fireworks. And we were promised fireworks.

    • CP37

      I’m probably in the minority, but I’d STILL trade #6 to Minny even if Embiid did fall into our laps.

      • hax

        Definitely!

        A risky unknown with the injury that ended Yao’s career
        vs. A guy who makes prime Garnett look like an average scorer and rebounder.

        • CP37

          I think getting him entices Minny further to deal with us and makes our package more attractive, not to mention I’ve heard rumblings that DA is looking for a 3rd team to help sweeten the pot for the Timberwolves.

  • hax

    Bill Simmons says Celtics not as hot for Embiid as reports say.
    Not sure if that is true or not.

    Maybe grab 10, 32, 39 from the 76′ers for the 6th if Danny actually doesn’t want Embiid?
    ____________
    Also, Hawks may have promised to take Saric @ 15.

    • Mark

      Not for nothing but I don’t put much stock in what Simmons has to say.

  • dasein

    Larry Bird was drafted at 6.

    This probably means nothing. But then again…..

    • hax

      So was Ron Mercer.

      Sorry for jinxing us.

      • dasein

        I’d probably take something in between :)

  • hax

    20 minutes.
    Looking forward to chatting about the start of this new Celtics dynasty later tonight.

    (or crying like a 16 year old girl who broke a fingernail)

    • CP37

      Hopefully we’ll be drunk with happiness friend :)

  • dasein

    Getting butterflies

  • dasein

    The no brainers are off the board. Now it gets interesting…

  • dasein

    fuck fuck fuck

    • dasein

      you could see Simmons die a little bit on camera

  • Mark

    Embiid is gone. Don’t care of he’s a good anymore. Tankapalooza 2015 here we come.

  • dasein

    this draft sucks. Stupid coin toss

  • dasein

    Smart apparently

    Bye bye Rondo?

  • Mark

    We are left to draft trash. Great…

  • Mark

    Marcus Smart…yuck! Bradley 2.0! This past season couldn’t have gone worse.

    • dasein

      He’s got some stuff going for him. Don’t think Bradley is a fair comp.

      Dissapointed it wasn’t Embiid, but he’s our guy now. Gotta stay positive.

      • Mark

        I’m just bummed it isn’t Embiid. I’ll warm up to the pick in time but right now it sucks.

      • dasein

        Kinda glad they took Smart over Randle though.

  • dasein

    Stauskas to Kings. Maybe a trade chip for Rondo?

  • dasein

    And Saric is gone…..

    waaaahhhhhh

    • dasein

      Woah! Right about the Sixers/Philly thing. Sixers have both our guys now. Hinkie is a crimelord.

      Waiting for Garry Harris to get taken one spot before us now…

  • dasein

    Just checked out Young’s draftexpress video. So a 3 and D guy who can’t defend basically. Meh.

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