So, as we all know the Celtics ended up with the third overall pick in the draft this year. They also have the 16th pick in the draft and the 23rd pick. In most situations, landing the third pick would be a complete home run, however, this draft in terms of known franchise changers, is only two players deep. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.
The Celtics could certainly grab a quality player at the third pick, but it may not be as much of an impact as the top two players. If they do keep the pick there are a couple options. There are a few European options. These guys can be complete hit or miss, but Dragan Bender, of Croatia could in fact be the next Godzingas. Or he could be the next Darko Milicic. I would give it a 50-50 chance of going either way. Sadly for the Celtics, a lot of the guys in this range are guards and I personally think drafting another guard this year after wasting a pick on Terry Rozier last year would be a total nightmare. So, I think plan B if we keep the pick, should be Jaylen Brown, the 6-7 forward from California. It would add to depth at the wing spot, which is certainly something that could help the Celtics out.
I think the best use of this pick would be on the trade market. A lot of the guards that could be picked at third are not of much use to the Celtics, but they could be of a lot of help to other teams potentially. This is without a doubt our greatest trade chip we have had in a long time. I think a couple names we should be looking into are Jimmy Butler and Danillo Galanari.
The Celtics were in talks with the Bulls at the deadline for Butler, but a proposed deal fell apart because the Bulls wanted Jae Crowder. In my personal opinion, perhaps including this third pick in a deal for Butler would be enough to move the chain and is something the Celtics should be looking into. Butler would rise to become the likely top scorer on the team and is also an excellent two-way player with strong defensive ability. This could also free up some room to trade Avery Bradley or another guard for some more froth court depth.
The Celtics were also in talks with the Nuggets last year about acquiring Danilo Gallanri. Gallanri is a great scorer and can also play a point-forward type role. He could easily become the top scorer on this team and could do a lot of pick and pop with IT. I have little doubts that the Nuggets would refuse us if we offered up this pick and a few sweeteners for Gallanari.
By Spencer Roush