The NBA draft has arrived Celtics fans. It has been a long two months since the Celtics got beaten by the losers of the NBA finals (Cleveland). So it has been a while since Celtics fans truly had something to root for, but now, the draft is tonight and in less than a week free agency starts so there will be plenty of things to root for in the near future. This is a prime offseason opportunity for the Celtics. The last two seasons have all been leading up to this offseason and this is where the Celtics will come back into contention. It all starts tonight with the draft. The Celtics currently hold the 16th pick, which is not too spectacular and does not offer anything extremely promising. That is why I have a strong feeling due to chatter from various analysts around the league that the Celtics will package a deal together and try and move up into the lottery.
I think the best realistic option in the draft would be Willie Cauley-Stein, the Center/Forward out of Kentucky. First of all, he is a seven footer and arguably one of the best defenders in the draft. He can rebound, block shots and plays tough post defense. He is an inside player and pretty much a traditional true center. Something this team has been lacking since Danny traded Perk for “the next Paul Pierce” or maybe not Jeff Green. He could be a top 5-10 center in this league and could hold down the middle for the Celtics for the next ten years. Most of the mock drafts have him falling into the 11th spot, which belongs to the Indiana Pacers. They already have Roy Hibbert and probably would be too reluctant to deal Cauley-Stein if the Celtics offer up a decent package.
I propose that the Celtics offer the Pacers or whoever ends up taking Cauley-Stein, the 16th pick, Jared Sullinger, and the 28th pick in the draft. Now some may say that is giving up too much, but I think it’s worth it. First of all, I don’t think Jared Sullinger has that high of a ceiling. With his injury history and limited mobility and height I feel like Olynyk is the better long- term option at Power Forward for this team. He may be young, but is improvement has been very stagnant the past three seasons. He is certainly expendable in my book and if he brings in Cauley-Stein, even better. I don’t think committing major money to Sullinger down the road would be the best use of our payroll so getting rid of him now for a starting center seems like a pretty good deal to me. And in terms of these other draft picks, it is clear that this particular draft in 2015 is not extremely deep it is a very top-heavy draft centered around the lottery. So trading up for one pick in the lottery will certainly bring in more talent then the 16th pick and 28th pick. So lets get it done Danny!
By Spencer Roush