Jan 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge before a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Take Dante Exum With First Pick In ESPN Mock Draft

All season long, I have been focusing on the Boston Celtics’ need in the frontcourt.  Lacking size and a true rim protector, the Celtics would seemingly have their eyes on a big man, such as Joel Embiid of the University of Kansas, or Indiana’s Noah Vonleh.

According to ESPN Analyst Jeff Goodman, however, the Celtics will walk away from the NBA Draft having used their first pick on Australian combo guard Dante Exum.

According to Goodman,

The Aussie is a mystery to some degree, but he has the size and athleticism that will blow teams away. Could he wind up becoming the point guard that would allow Danny Ainge to pull the trigger on a deal involving Rajon Rondo? Exum is a combo guard right now, but the Celtics just need talent — and Exum has all the upside.

The more I have watched the Eastern Conference playoffs, the more I am buying into this theory.  The backcourt pairings of Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in Atlanta, John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington, and Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto are dominating, and suggest that the Boston Celtics need to seriously consider whether a tandem of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley will be enough to stay afloat in the guard-centric East next season.

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