Like options #6 (Terrence Jones) and #8 (Moe Harkless), I think it’s worth looking at yet another small forward. To be honest, a lot of things worry me about Miller, though. He tore his ACL in his senior year of high school and his jumpshot lacks elevation, which may lead to getting his shot blocked a lot. He sometimes disappears on defense and seems to give little effort, which won’t be a good thing for Doc Rivers.
But there are so many incredible things about Miller too, which could lead him to being drafted before the Celts get up. We’re assuming the question marks about his effort will lead to him falling. He has an amazing skill set and can create his own shot, and create shots for teammates. He is crafty with the ball and looks like a point forward at times, and could eventually fill that kind of role, use like Pierce. He moves well without the ball and is able to get himself open, and he is tough. Again, like Pierce.
I hate to keep pretending as though we have to “replace” Pierce. It won’t be done. It likely will not be done. Pierce is now a top 5 Celtics legend, and you’re not going to draft such a player late in the first round (though some may say Rondo now fits that category) most likely. The Celts will be lucky to land a one time all star at this point in the first round, and Miller is that type of player. He could make an all star team or two, and get some attention, sell some jerseys, and have a great career. Isn’t that enough for the 21st pick?