In this morning’s Boston Celtics Daily Dish, I shared a link from Jay King over at Masslive.com regarding a rumor surrounding the Boston Celtics.
Seems that the Celtics’ brass is really enamored with Australian combo guard Dante Exum, and plan on interviewing both him and point guard Marcus Smart out of Oklahoma State at the NBA Draft Combine.
This rumor surfaced Wednesday, courtesy of CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely:
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) May 14, 2014
Don’t get TOO excited about these interviews – each team is allowed up to 18 half-hour interviews, after all, so the Celtics could interview every single top-20 prospect who attends the event.
Still, the only reason I didn’t go with Dante Exum in our Hardwood Houdini mock draft is because I felt the Philadelphia 76ers would have a hard time passing up the Australian. Had any other team picked second in my mock draft, Exum almost certainly would have been available, and I would have selected the combo guard with Boston’s first pick.
This is quite the change in heart that I have experienced since earlier this season, especially since I understand that Boston needs to bring in a true center who can protect the rim and control the paint. However, it’s impossible not to notice that the teams in the Eastern Conference who make up Boston’s competition for the foreseeable future all have explosive backcourt pairings. John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in Atlanta. Paul George and Lance Stephenson in Indiana (for now).
It’s still early, and the Celtics’ fortune in the draft lottery will have much to say about which type of player Boston actually drafts, but I like Boston’s willingness to look at these two guards. Take a look at their scouting videos, and let me know what you think in the comments section below.