I just recently got into full gear of fan-scouting the Celtics’ possible picks for the Draft on…wait for it…THIS Thursday. Fan-scouting is a very tedious, scientifically inclined career path. It requires that you sit in front of a computer screen and plug names into Google and YouTube (respectively, we know they are married but they are still their own person). After you’ve looked at everything you consider important statistically and watch every fan compiled highlight reel, you come to a consensus. Hard work.
Jeremy Tyler. The high school dropout with more confidence than a Harvard Law graduate. A synopsis of his story is that he decided to skip his senior year of high school to play internationally (in Israel, specifically). His time in Israel did not go as planned and he returned to his home in San Diego. He was then given the opportunity to play in Tokyo for the Apache (their colors are purple and gold) and averaged “9.9 points on 51.7% shooting and 6.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game”. Thanks Wikipedia. Scouts (the real ones) have called his weakness “maturity”. Maturity is usually fixed with the idea that you are playing for a contending team with one of the most respected head coaches in the NBA. He possesses a gaudy 7’5” wingspan, 9’2.5” standing reach and is considered a possible lottery pick had he utilized the traditional route. He’s incredibly explosive, physical and could learn a lot playing with Kevin Garnett. Are you still stuck on the loss of Kendrick Perkins, rebounding and blocks? This kid seems like a steal for the Celtics at No. 25 in the Draft.
Josh Smith. The newest rumor around the league is that Josh Smith wants to go to the Celtics. Let’s not assume “if given enough money” and “wants to go” are different ideas. Josh Smith is 25, looked great in most of the Atlanta Hawks’ playoff appearances and is only going to get better. He was Rondo’s teammate at Oak Hill Academy, too. Little detail. However, this is a trade situation and while the Celtics already have gaping holes when it comes to healthy, solid bigs, picking up Josh Smith may require moving Ray Allen or Kevin Garnett. Maybe that’s the right thing to do? Rondo, shooting guard to be named later, Green, Smith and a Tyler future? It’s young and has a high ceiling but you are probably spreading the roster to the kind of thinness that gets you to the playoffs but falls short every year. In my opinion the Celtics need the big four this year. The voids on the bench and at center will need to be filled very carefully.
Then there are the huge question marks. Doubtful Mark Cuban let’s Tyson Chandler walk. Doubtful Dwight Howard ever becomes a Celtic. Maybe Greg Oden will walk again and Samuel Dalembert becomes a serious presence for a contending team. Doubtful.
The 2011-2012 season could prove to be one that royally tricks the front offices of many teams into making detrimental trades due to a lockout and virtually non-existent Draft as well as Free Agent Class.
Make us proud, Danny.
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