The 2021 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, July 29th and the Celtics roster could use some help, so we take a look at the top prospects available at each position. It’s still uncertain exactly where Boston will be making their selection, but it will be somewhere in the middle around 16th overall. I think the top priority for this team is to draft a player with size, who can defend multiple positions AND/OR a dead-eye shooter.
PG: Tre Mann – Florida
2020-2021: 16 PPG, 3.5 AST, 5.6 REB, 0.1 BPG, 1.4 SPG (45.9 FG%, 40.2 3P%, 83.1 FT%)
After the top guard prospects like Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, and Davion Mitchell are off the board, the Celtics may have the opportunity to select Tre Mann, point guard from Florida. The 6-foot-5 sophomore averaged 16 points per game while grabbing just under six rebounds and four assists. If Danny Ainge wants to add a guard depth or even a replacement for Kemba Walker, look no further than Tre Mann.
SG: Moses Moody – Arkansas
2020-2021: 16.8 PPG, 1.6 AST, 5.8 REB, 0.7 BPG, 1.0 SPG (42.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%, 81.2 FT%)
The Celtics have a history of selecting guards in the first round and I hope that Moses Moody is the next name on that list. Mock Drafts have Moody going anywhere from 10th to 24th, so the outlook of his value is still gray but it’s no secret that Moses Moody can score the ball. Averaging just under 17 points per game, Moody’s 43/36/81 splits while shooting five threes a game is something the Celtics should be looking for to surround Jaylen and Jayson with.
SF: Corey Kispert – Gonzaga
2020-2021: 18.6 PPG, 1.8 AST, 5.0 REB, 0.4 BPG, 0.9 SPG (52.9 FG%, 44.0 3P%, 87.8 FT%)
Corey Kispert is a hit or miss player in this year’s NBA Draft. The upside is an efficient shooter that plays hard, but the downside is his lack of explosiveness and inability to get his own shot. The Celtics shouldn’t be looking for one dimensional players. Luckily, the Celtics have Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to take care of shot creation. The ideal draft pick for the Celtics should have size with shooting, Kispert could be just that.
PF/C: Kai Jones – Texas
2020-2021: 8.8 PPG, 0.6 AST, 4.8 REB, 0.9 BPG, 0.8 SPG (58 FG%, 38.2 3P%, 68.9 FT%)
Kai Jones is a player that the Celtics can draft and develop behind Robert Williams and Tristan Thompson. At 6-foot-9, Jones has the athleticism to become a rim running, shot blocker in the NB. All he needs is a little bit of muscle, Jones weighs about 220 pounds which is small, in comparison to Timelord’s 237 lbs. who also needs to put on some weight.
PF/C: Alperen Şengün
2020-2021: 19.2 PPG, 2.5 AST, 9.4 REB, 1.7 BPG, 1.3 SPG (64.6 FG%, 19 3P%, 81.2 FT%)
Şengün is a development player that the Celtics can keep in the vault for a few years before unleashing. At 6-foot-9, the Turkish big man has nice hands and a soft touch around the rim. A solid shot blocker is always nice to have off the bench and once again, with a little bit of muscle can be a Daniel Theis type player for the Celtics.
The top NBA draft prospect that could be available for the Celtics, is Moses Moody. I think he has the highest upside for OUR TEAM. The Celtics need a player that can come in and hit shots but also have the athleticism to defend multiple positions.
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