I’m going to write about the celtics now but I’ll talk about my opinion on the whole draft tomorrow.
The Celtics did exactly what I wantedwith their picks. Well, besides making a trade. I wrote earlier that I wanted Fab Melo and another big. With what was left on the board it came down to Sullinger or Perry Jones. It seems like they made the better choice but it’s hard to tell with both Sullinger and Jones having an injury flag. I do like Jones a lot though. I think that was a great pick for the Thunder.
Either way, the Celtics got what they needed. Big guys who can control the paint. Last season the biggest weaknesses were rebounding and shot blocking. They addressed those needs. A year ago Sullinger would have been a top 5 pick, so he’s worth the risk. Sadly a guy who plays below the rim might now be their best rebounder. If he’s healty he might be their most physical player and second best inside scorer. Plus Boston can use a “Sully”. And you can see how I felt about Fab Melo in my earlier article.
In the second round they took Kris Joseph. Another ‘Cuse guy. They needed a wing player who can score and that’s exactly what Joseph is. It’s hard to expect a lot from a second rounder, but maybe he can develop into an explosive athletic player, like he was in college.
The Celtics haven’t really drafted a player I wanted since Jeff Green, who they then traded for Glen Davis (and Ray Allen), who I also wanted. This year they finally did so I’m happy with the results. So remind me not to complain if they don’t pan out.
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