The Boston Celtics hold the rights to three first-round selections in the 2020 Draft. Might they consider exchanging some of them for ready-made NBA players?
The 2019-20 Boston Celtics were in the midst of yet another successful campaign. Leading up to the league’s COVID-19 induced suspension on March 11th they ranked as one of the best teams the league had to offer — were the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the fifth seed in the entire NBA and, as of March 10th, had locked themselves into their sixth straight playoff berth.
Interestingly enough, however, despite their high level of play and production, the team still finds themselves holding immense value when it comes to this year’s draft. Typically speaking, it is the teams who faltered and flatlined in the regular season that wind up increasing their worth in the draft.
However, thanks in large to some savvy moves made by President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ainge, the Celtics find themselves in possession of three first-round picks in this upcoming draft, one of which that will likely fall within the top-20 of the night’s selections — C’s hold the rights to the Memphis Grizzlies pick.
With this fact it would appear that the future prospects of Boston’s roster seems just as bright as it is right now. With the likes of two All-Stars in Kemba Walker & Jayson Tatum, an arguable All-Star snub in Jaylen Brown, a former All-Star in Gordon Hayward and a Swiss Army talent like Marcus Smart already in tow, the idea of adding some cheap/ young talent into this mix should simply put an even bigger smile on the face of Celtics fans.
However, on the contrary, perhaps some may believe that the team already has enough young prospects and, instead, should look into exchanging these picks for already established NBA players who can help this team already in contention team better position themselves for a championship run.
We are totally behind the idea of the team keeping these picks and drafting some of this year’s very talented rookies — those who read our pieces often already know how high I am on Jalen Smith. However, there are a few players that could be realistically had around the association with these picks as the centerpiece in a hypothetical deal
That said, let’s dive into three specific players the Boston Celtics could target this offseason using their draft capital as the centerpiece.