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2017 Draft Preview: Boston Celtics

2017 Draft Preview: Boston Celtics NBA Experts

Boston Celtics: 2017 Draft Picks: 1, 37, 53, 56

2016-17 record: 53-29
First place, Atlantic Division
Lost in Conference Finals to Cleveland

Pick Name  Position School/Club
1
37
53
56

 

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength

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Years of assiduously accumulating assets finally paid off big time this summer for the Boston Celtics, who won the Draft lottery and came away with the first pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. But even while the Celtics are on top of the lottery, they’ve managed to build a contender, finishing last season atop the Eastern Conference. With Isaiah Thomas on the mend and Al Horford manning the middle, the Celtics have a proven framework on which to build.

Needs Work
As good as Boston has been, and even with all of their still-developing assets, they still need another front-line frontcourt player, as evidenced by their changing starting lineups throughout the playoffs. To that end, a rebounding specialist would be a nice fit, and they could also use someone to help Thomas share the scoring load, no matter the position.

Two Stats That Matter
42 — Rebounds per game the Celtics averaged in the regular season, putting them tied for 26th in the NBA.

6 — First-round picks the Celtics have in the next four NBA drafts.

The Way To Go
NBA.com’s Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:

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Markelle Fultz, of course. Not only is he the consensus top prospects in the draft, but the Washington point guard also fits with incumbent Isaiah Thomas because Fultz can play off the ball as well. All under the premise, the Celtics keep No. 1. They will obviously be entertaining trades.

2016-17 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 108.6 (8th)
Defensive: 105.5 (12th)

Under Contract 
G: Avery Bradley
G: Demetrius Jackson
G: Terry Rozier
G: Marcus Smart
G: Isaiah Thomas
F: Jaylen Brown
F: Jae Crowder
F: Jordan Mickey
C: Al Horford
C: Tyler Zeller

Free Agents 
F/G: James Young (unrestricted)
F: Gerald Green (unrestricted)
F: Jonas Jerebko (unrestricted)
F: Amir Johnson (unrestricted)
F/C: Kelly Olynyk (restricted)

Recent Draft History

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2016: Jaylen Brown (3); Guerschon Yabusele (16); Ante Zizic (23); Deyonta Davis (31), traded to Memphis; Rade Zagorac (35), traded to Memphis; Demetrius Jackson (45); Ben Bentil (51); Abdel Nader (58)
2015: Terry Rozier (16); R.J. Hunter (28); Jordan Mickey (33); Marcus Thornton (45)
2014: Marcus Smart (6); James Young (17)
2013: Lucas Nogueira (traded to Atlanta)
2012: Jared Sullinger (21); Fab Melo (22); Kris Joseph (51)

 

LANG WHITAKER has covered the NBA since 1998. You can follow him on Twitter.The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

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