The NBA Draft has come and gone, and as of now, the Boston Celtics made both of their picks, and plan on keeping them.
In the first round, with the 19th overall pick, the Celtics selected Avery Bradley, a freshman guard out of the University of Texas. He is a 6’3” shooting guard who was a “one and done” in college. He may be undersized for a two, but he was one of the most dominant impact freshman in the NCAA last year.
I like this kid’s defense, but I’m not exactly sure that this is the best fit for Boston if they do indeed plan on making one more run at an NBA Championship.
I felt the best pick for them at this spot if they wanted to hold on to the pick was James Anderson, a versatile scorer from Oklahoma State University. He can shoot, he can drive to the hoop to score, and he can play a few different positions on the floor. Bradley could be good eventually, but Anderson could have chipped in right away.
With their second round pick, Boston selected Luke Harangody, a senior forward from the University of Notre Dame. At 6’7”. Harangody is best suited for the three spot, which is fine, because he can score. He can also rebound, but his defense needs to improve in order for him to stay on the floor at the next level.
Harangody averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds over his last three years with the Irish. In tough Big East play, Harangody came up big at times, but if he is not shooting well, he can disappear at other times.
In other related Celtics’ news, Rasheed Wallace appears as if he is ready to call it a career. He will walk away from the final two years of his contract that would have paid him $13 million.
Wallace, a standout from the University of North Carolina, played 15 years in the NBA and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.