Boston Celtics: 3 players Cs could trade their 2020 picks for

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Malik Monk, G

Number of picks needed in a deal: 1

It’s no secret that we believe the Boston Celtics should strongly consider upgrading their backup point guard position this offseason. Sure, Brad Wanamaker has had some decent performances during his two-year stint with the franchise but, in this time, we’ve pretty much have figured out he’s not the answer at the one spot within the second unit.

Yes, we’ve mentioned some replacement options such as Jeff Teague, Brandon Knight, and even C’s rookie Tremont Waters over the past several months. However, if they could acquire him for just one of their higher picks in this upcoming draft, Boston should strongly consider making a run for Charlotte Hornets point guard Malik Monk.

Since being selected 11th overall back in 2017 Monk has struggled to find consistency in the NBA. Starting just one game throughout his tenure in the league, the once highly-touted point guard prospect finds himself behind both former Celtics Terry Rozier and surprise breakout player Devonté Graham on the roster.

With his play to this point, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Hornets looked into shipping off their third-year player for draft capital, which would play right into the C’s hands.

Though his career thus far has been a tad bit underwhelming, not all of the blame can be put on Monk. Charlotte as a whole — outside of Kemba Walker — hasn’t seen too much success since his arrival, missing the playoffs all three seasons and never quite having the proper tools in place help to compliment his game.

Flush with talent and run by the point guard whisperer himself in Brad Stevens, perhaps a move to Beantown could truly do the struggling Monk some good.

Guards looking to prove themselves have all seemingly done well in Stevens’ scheme — a la Isaiah Thomas, Terry Rozier and, though technically not a point guard but who essentially served as one during his time with the C’s, Evan Turner.

Don’t forget, in college Malik Monk showcased an impressive knack for scoring that notched him a stat-line of 19.8 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from deep.

Perhaps in the right setting that caters to players of his position, he may be able to find his touch again.