Boston Celtics Draft: 3 rookie replacements for Brad Wanamaker

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Draft replacement for Brad Wanamaker No. 1) Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Should the Boston Celtics want to play things safe and utilize their early selections on prospects at positions — such as center — that they really need help at, using their last pick in the first-round or their pick in the second on Cassius Winston is a potential low-risk, solid reward scenario for the shamrocks.

Playing all four years of college, the point guard finds himself in a legendary status at Michigan State University. Holding the record for most career assists for the same alma mater as Ervin “Magic” Johnson, Winston’s other impressive accomplishments include a Final-4 appearance, the 2019 Big-10 Player of the Year award, and two First-Team All Big 10 selections.

During his final year with the Spartans, the Detroit native posted impressive averages of 18.6 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 43.2  percent from beyond the arc on 5.6 attempts per contest.

Taking a late flier on a man who proved to be great at the collegiate level is easily a route Danny Ainge should consider taking during the draft.

Possessing excellent court vision, a high basketball IQ, shot creation skills, and the ability to properly run an offense, taking a chance on Cassius Winston late in the draft might be the perfect low-risk, solid reward path the Cs could possibly take.