Boston Celtics' first-round draft pick explains his fit on defending champs

The former fifth-year senior has turned into a first-round draft pick getting selected by Brad Stevens at No. 30 for the Boston Celtics.
Baylor Scheierman is excited to be on the Boston Celtics
Baylor Scheierman is excited to be on the Boston Celtics / Mike Mulholland/GettyImages

Brad Stevens elected to use the Boston Celtics' first-round draft pick this year instead of a trade piece for a veteran big man. The now-champion GM decided to pick the fifth-year senior out of Creighton, Baylor Scheierman. The rookie voiced his talents and what he adds to the already talented roster.

He began by stating that Boston is a "winning team," adding to their storied history with an 18th banner this past June. The locker room environment has been molded into something truly special, thanks to All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But that would not have been sustained without the entire team's effort.

Later in Scheierman's response, he adds that his "versatility" and "ability to effect the game in a lot of ways" will be an asset to the team.

To have a guy with his skill set come off the bench is major for Joe Mazzulla. Scheierman's shooting stroke will serve the C's offense quite well, providing spacing and less weak-side help on drives to the cup.

How did Baylor Scheierman perform during his fifth year at Creighton?

It should not go unnoticed that he originally started his collegiate career at South Dakota State University, playing three years there. Fast forward to this past 2023-2024 season, and the six-foot-six, 205-pound wing logged in 18.5 points, 9 rebounds and 3.9 assists under Coach Greg McDermott.

As he mentioned, his versatility will stand out, and for what it's worth, his value is incredible at No. 30. Shooting, driving, shot-creating, dribbling, and deep-range, he's a force to be reckoned with on the perimeter. The opposing defender will have a hard time keeping up with this guy.

Scheierman will be able to relieve Tatum and Brown as needed and be a huge spark off the bench. Stevens has struck once again, and fortunately for Celtics fans, he doesn't usually miss. Think about it — he didn't trade this pick for a reason.