In his latest Mock Draft, Chad Ford at ESPN has the Boston Celtics drafting two players who may not play in 2014-2015.
You read that correctly: in his Mock Draft 10.0, Ford has the Celtics suing the sixth pick on Joel “The Second Coming of Sam Bowie” Embiid . . . and then using the 17th pick of the draft on Croatian forward Dario Saric, who recently announced he will spend two more seasons playing hoops in Europe!
This would be a nightmare for fans, in my humble opinion. What in the world is Ford smoking?!?
Allow me to share some of his “logic” (I use this word loosely):
Ainge always has been a gambler and has always emphasized having great assets, and Embiid has the potential to be a franchise center, and there’s no one else on the board that the Celtics are in love with. . .
With Saric staying in Europe for two more years, there seems to be more reluctance toward taking him that high. Again, I don’t think the Celtics let him pass. Yes, I know that it means that Celtics fans would not see EITHER of their first-round picks play in Boston next season. But as far as talent goes, Ainge could walk away with the best player in the draft and a top-10 pick for Nos. 6 and 17. I’m not sure he could help himself.
Sure – President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is going to use both first-round picks to draft not one, but two players who could wind up getting him fired. Makes sense to me!
Look: I’m not a fan of grabbing Joel Embiid with the sixth pick, should the Cameroonian center fall that far. I know the logic – Boston needs an All-Star (or at least, quality) center badly. Passing up on Embiid may be too much for Danny Ainge to handle, and even though I think grabbing him would be a risk, I can at least grudgingly agree with this decision if it is, indeed, what the Celtics decide to do.
However, with so much talent up for grabs in the 15-20 spots of the draft, picking Saric seems like the sort of thing a suicidal, soon-to-be homeless person might do. Well, unless the Boston Celtics are determined to qualify for the draft lottery again next year, that is.
Pray this isn’t the case, readers!