Here at FanSided, we are conducting a mock NBA Draft with the participants being the editors for each team. Accordingly, I have had the chance to play Danny Ainge, and barter with the picks that the Celts are expected to trade. There has been speculation that the Celtics will trade one or both of the picks, and…
That’s exactly what I did.
I made a move with the New Orleans Hornets‘ blogger to obtain the #10 pick and the #46 pick in the Draft for the 21st and 22nd selections over all.
The move makes sense for both teams.
First, for the Hornets, they are desperately trying to assemble some talent. After taking Anthony Davis #1, they would like to add a few legit starters around him, and that might benefit them more than another strong role player, or fringe All Star, as you often find around pick #10.
For the Celtics, it is a big opportunity because it could mean the chance to pair Austin Rivers of Duke with his father, Celtics coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers. There are other players to consider if Rivers goes in the top 9, but overall, the Celts would like to add a higher tier player than they could get in the 20s with their pick and try to remain competitive now. The plan hasn’t been deconstruction…yet.
Tyler Zeller would make a lot of sense for the Celtics at pick 10, too. It would solidify the center position with a player that can block shots, shoot, and pass. He would fit seamlessly into Rivers’ schemes and end the headache at center for the Celtics. Center can traditionally be one of the toughest positions to fill, and Zeller fits the bill. Drafting a center at pick 21/22 would only land the likes of Fab Melo, at best. Zeller is a huge upgrade.
Really, with this 10th pick, it will come down to Rivers or Zeller, I will say. Both offer great options, and Ainge may look to do something like this himself as the Draft approaches Thursday.