Re: OT: If the Celts keep #6, who do you want them to draft?
posted at 6/1/2014 10:14 AM EDT
In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to joepatsfan111111's comment:
Well, IF the Celtics are using this pick that means the 'fireworks' that DA promised didn't happen so we will suck for another couple season....
If they do pick at 6, I would rank them Gordon, Vonleh, Smart, James Young, Gary Harris.... I don't need a Julius Randle, the Celtics have two PFs, Sully and KO, who can be just as good as Randle. I think the kid is a little undersized to fit the ZBo role and he doesn't have many moves and no right hand, all of which scares me. I love the upside of a Gordon or Vonleh and their athletic ability. And the Celtics desperately need a scoring SG or SF and Harris can be a good scorer, same with Young.
At pick 17, I wouldn't mind seeing my boy Napier taken for some PG depth in case Rondo leaves via FA.
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I don't think Sully or KO have the same upside as Randle... and I think they need to draft, who they feel, are the best players, regardless. Talent, above all else, wins in the NBA. I think most would consider the draft a huge failure if they come out of the #6 pick with Harris or Young. Not that either is a bad player, but neither is a Top 5 or so talent in this class. I'd rather they land the higher level talent/upside player at #6, then move up from #17 if they can for a Harris or Stauskas, etc. I also like the idea of the frequently mocked to Boston, TJ Warren, as that scoring 3 at #17.
I also like Napier at #17, but really like Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton as well. He has a lot of Rondo to his game, minus the diva mentality.
I think Sully has a solid future in Boston. He provides rebounding and interior toughness that is necessary at the NBA level. Pairing him with Randle would provide the Celts with a pair of good, young interior players who could develop into a solid presence. I think that picking Randle would leave Olynyk as the odd-man-out in a way. You can't have that much size on the floor for long stretches. I wouldn't mind, though, because I think Randle will be a far better player than KO, and as you said, talent wins.
Assuming he's not part of a potential Love deal, I totally agree on Sully and was ecstatic when they landed him. As things stand today, he's probably my favorite Celtics player... though that might change if they can land Gordon. ;)