Boston will need to improve their bench in order to contend next season, and the draft could provide the best fit for the Celtics moving forward.
The 2020 NBA Draft will be held virtually on November 18, 2020, and according to NBA.com’s latest consensus mock draft, the Celtics select Kira Lewis Jr. with the 14th pick.
There’s speculation among the Celtics organization on whether to keep the team’s first-round picks, trade back, or even out of this years draft. Realistically, I don’t think that the Celtics are going to use all three of their first-round picks. Given the current status of the Celtics’ youth, they will most likely trade the Grizzlies pick along with one of the late first-rounders and a bench player to move out of this year’s draft class and focus on the team’s bench production.
Celtics 2020 Draft Pick Outlook:
Celtics Draft Picks:
- 14th overall pick
- 26th overall pick
- 30th overall pick
- 47th overall pick
Big Question: Which NBA Draft prospects are the best fit for the Celtics moving forward?
I don’t know if I’m very fond of the idea of trading up in the draft. The salaries of top picks are very high and it’s somewhat unlikely that any of these guys will be that good, BUT, There has been talk of the Celtics possibly moving up in the draft in a trade. If the Knicks and Celtics decide to trade, the C’s could move up to the 8th overall pick and select one of these prospects.
Onyeka Okongwu, C – USC
I’m salivating over Onyeka when I watch his tape, like seriously, this guy has serious potential. An undersized (6-foot-9, 245 pounds) big-man with the athleticism of a wing. Onyeka gives me Ben Wallace vibes with a little Montrezl Harrell sprinkled in and provides the best fit for the Celtics.
Tyrese Haliburton, G – Iowa State
Haliburton is exactly what the Celtics need off the bench, a sharpshooter. The 6-foot-5 guard shot 42.6 percent in his two seasons at Iowa State and averaged 15.2 points per game last season.
Obi Toppin, F – Dayton
Although Toppin is one of the top prospects in most mock drafts, he is a deceiving choice. At first glance, he has a larger build than Tatum with the strength of Aron Baynes and the flight of Jaylen Brown. But I promise you that this man can’t move laterally to save his life and I would advise staying away from Obi Toppin.
14th Overall Pick:
The Celtics can trade this pick, or use it on one of these three talented players:
Tyrese Maxey, G – Kentucky
Maxey is a great option if the Celtics look to boost their above the rim activity and increase their shooting ability. Tyrese Maxey is a strong on-ball defender and an athletic offensive player who can shoot the lights out when hot.
Saddiq Bey, F – Villanova
When is the last time you saw a Villanova player, not have success in the NBA? Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson, Eric Paschall, Kyle Lowry, Josh Hart, Mikal Bridges, even Omari Spellman has found some success. My point is, Villanova players are great system guys that will fit right in, as they are all-around players on both ends of the floor. Saddiq Bey is no different. Passes well, Defends better, and Shoots 45% from three.
Cole Anthony, G – UNC
Cole Anthony is everything you want Carsen Edwards to be. An athletic, solid passing point guard with a score-first mentality. At UNC, Anthony averaged 18.5 ppg but also turned the ball over 3.5 times per game. He doesn’t shoot particularly well but he’s no Ben Simmons by any means shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
26th Overall Pick:
Decent chance the Celtics move this pick. In a deal to move up into the top 10, the Celtics would have to include #26 and #30.
Tyrell Terry, G – Stanford
Tyrell Terry has the name to be an NBA success, he may not have the NBA frame and build, however. Terry is a bit small but makes up for it by shooting 41% from three and would be a great fit for the Celtics.
Tre Jones, G – Duke
ACC Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year – Enough said.
Aleksej Pokusevski, F – Greece
Homerun draft pick of the night. Aleksej is an unproven, raw talent, much like Giannis Antetokuonmpo was back in the 2013 NBA Draft. Danny Ainge notes that not selecting Giannis was one of his biggest regrets, you think he bites on this potential MVP?
30th Overall Pick:
Decent chance the Celtics move this pick. Much like the #26 pick, the Celtics would have to include #30 in a draft-night trade.
Daniel Oturu, F – Minnesota
Celtics need a big man to take the load off of Theis when he is getting bodied by Adebayo or Embiid and Oturu could be the guy. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 11 rebounds per game while scoring 20 points per game.
Desmond Bane, G – TCU
Bane is a sharpshooter that could come in and provide an immediate facelift to the end of the Celtics bench. Averaged 44.2 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Nico Mannion, G – Arizona
Nico could provide a similar role that the Bucks have in Donte DiVincenzo. A streaky player offensively who is disciplined defensively, and can come in for a few minutes and take the load off of Kemba Walker.
47th Overall Pick:
Little to no chance the Celtics move this pick. By taking a pick in the second round, it’s a low-cost option to fill out the bench, and if it doesn’t work out? The contracts are non-guaranteed. All three of these guards would come in and provide a spark off the bench.
Payton Pritchard, G – Oregon
Myles Powell, G – Seton Hall
Cassius Winston, G – Michigan State
Top 3 Prospects:
- Onyeka Okongwu – If the Celtics are going to trade up, this is the ONLY guy that I would do that for. Not only could Onyeka fit in with the Celtics and play next to Daniel Theis, but he could also takeover Theis’ spot outright and become the Celtics’, next big man.
- Saddiq Bey – The upside of Bey’s NBA potential is enough to get me on board to pick him at #14. You can never have too many wings and Saddiq is an all-around player who would be an upgrade in Semi Ojeleye’s role.
- Tre Jones – The Celtics have the opportunity to draft a scoring-guard who isn’t a liability on defense. He is who you want Brad Wanamaker and Carsen Edwards to be. If you are winning defensive awards at 6-foot-3, I simply want you on the Celtics, period.