Analysis

A Look at Celtics Draft Options

Danny Ainge and company have a plethora of picks for the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft. The Celtics possess the 16th, 28th, 33rd, and 45th picks in the upcoming draft but don’t expect the Celtics to keep all or any of those picks. 

If the Celtics pick at 16 expect them to pick up someone like Sam Dekker. The versatile forward out of Wisconsin is an inside-out player who can defend and hit the three. He’s a player who would fit well into Brad Stevens’ system. The Celtics could also look for a defensive big like Bobby Portis. Portis is a 20 year old power forward out of Arkansas. He showed he was a good defender who played with great energy. Portis can step out and hit the midrange jumper and pound the boards at will.

At the 28 and 33 picks the Celtics should consider taking Justin Anderson and Robert Upshaw. Anderson was the best player on the best defensive team in the nation last year (Virginia). He’s can guard multiple positions and hit the three at 45% last year. He can be a great 3 and D role-player at the NBA level.  Upshaw last played for Washington where he averaged 4.5 blocks per game, but he was also dismissed from the program and marijuana apparently played a part of it. However the Celtics are good at fostering young players and getting them on the right track and Upshaw could turn into a good defensive big.

If the Celtics pick at 45 expect them to draft somebody like Mouhammadou Jaiteh and let them develop in Europe for a few years ala Colton Iverson.

This of course could all never happen as Ainge will try and trade up for somebody like Willie-Cauley Stein or Mario Hezonja. He could of course throw everything to try and trade for upcoming monster Demarcus Cousins. Ainge won’t sit still on draft night-everything will be done to acquire a star big like Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, or Greg Monroe.

 

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Corey McPherron
Corey is a sophomore at Appalachian State University studying Political Science. An avid NBA fan, Corey has grand aspirations of becoming the Celtics GM when Danny Ainge retires.
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