With the Celtics just wrapping up their season, it looks like the NBA draft should still be a few weeks away.
However, the truth is that it is almost here. This year’s draft will begin Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m., and will air on ESPN and ABC. The Celtics only have one choice, the 53rd choice, and it’s entirely possible to either trade it away or pull a player and hide it.
If they choose to pick a player with the goal of getting them to contribute in the relatively near future, here are some options that could fit in perfectly with the current lot.
Julian Champagne, SF, St. John’s
NBADraft.net Projects Champagnie, 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward originally from Brooklyn, to end up with the Celtics.
He averaged 19.8 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore and 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds when he was young. champagne He hit 42.9 percent from the ground and 34.8 percent from a 3-point range in his career with Red Storm.
He became the seventh player in program history to win the All-Big East First Team Honor for two consecutive years and was one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Award, awarded to the nation’s top junior striker.
Alonds Williams, J, Wake Forest
WilliamsThe 6-foot-5, 201-pound ranger began his career at Second Division Triton College and eventually found a home at the University of Oklahoma followed by Wake Forest University.
He blasted off last season, averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals for Deacons, and was named ACC Player of the Year. Williams is an elite defender who can protect point guards, shooting rangers and junior attackers.
Williams can also put the ball in the hoop and provide a spark off the bench. However, his shooting is a concern, as he scored only 28 percent of his 3-point attempts last year. He’s hitting 60 percent from inside the arc, so he knows his strengths and relies on his athleticism and intelligence.
He will have an excellent opportunity to learn from Marcus Smart.
Andrew Nimbard, PG, Gonzaga
nimbard, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Gonzaga, is skilled, intelligent, and well-balanced. He’s a real goalkeeper who can help the Celtics with spacing and ball movement – if not next year, then probably in the years to come.
He played for two years in Florida and two years at Gonzaga, averaging 10 points, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals throughout his career. Last season, he hit 87 percent of the free throw line.
He has a decent size of goalkeeper and is one of the most experienced players in this year’s category.
Travion Williams, C, Bordeaux
If the Celtics decide to go with a big guy, Williams It is a possible option. He’s a real center, with a wingspan of 7 feet 2 3/4 inches, moves his feet surprisingly well and can hit 3 at times.
He is 6 feet 10 and weighs 255 lbs. He is a skilled and physically imposing player with a solid touch of paint. The Celtics have had a little bit of happiness at times this season, and Williams could provide a long-term presence.
He averaged 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a starter, 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3 assists last season. Williams’ defensive prowess may be an issue, but he knows his role and has consistently executed it at Purdue.
The Celtics usually like versatile players who can protect multiple positions, so they’ll likely view Williams as one-dimensional.
Ron Harper Jr., sixth, Rutgers
It’s unlikely that Harper Jr – yes, Ron Harper’s son – would be late in the second round. If he is, he could end up with the Celtics.
Harper, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound striker of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, averaged 15.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season. After making just 31 percent of his 3s as a rookie, he raised that number to 39.8 last year.
He can score on all three levels and he is always a threat in the play industry with the ball in his hands who wants to shoot the big ball. NBADraft.net made him go 39th to the Cavaliers, so only time will tell if he’s still there at 53.
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