Re: Celtics Draft Pick Analysis
posted at 5/5/2013 11:43 PM EDT
In response to painter's comment:
In response to DrBoogiebone's comment:
I've been checking out alot of highlight/scouting footage on Youtube.com on alot of these guys projected to be picked around 16th. Here's a list of the names I've looked at as far as centers go.
Gobert, Dieng, Plumlee, Steven Adams, Kelly Olynyk, Zeller, Len, Withey, Isaiah Austin (?)
I Know Len and Zeller are projected to be in the top ten, but you never know who's going to rise and fall around this stage in the draft.
Let me just start by saying I don't like Olynyk even though he's probably the closest to being "NBA ready". I like defensive centers, and he is very far from. I put a (?) by Austin cause i'm not seeing him in any mock drafts anymore. Adams is too raw for me (though reported to have a lot of upside) and Plumlee would make a better PF then a center I think, though I love Mason's energy and athleticism. I guess if we went with either Gobert, Dieng, or Withey, I wouldn't be too upset. Gobert has freakish length and is a solid athlete. 7'1 w/ a 7'9 wingspan! How many times have we said we'ld love to stick long, athletic types on the court with Rondo? Gobert is that, plus he's only 19! BUT, this guy is a major stringbean. I'm 5'9, and I think I could knock this guy out of the way for a rebound. Dieng is 6'11 and is a very good shot blocker and rebounder. On top of that, he played with a winning team in college (something I think gets overlooked alot). Winning is very addictive. The reason I like Withey is he's an ELITE shot blocker who can also rebound as well. Some say he's also NBA ready. Just not as a starter. Nor will he ever be a starter according to many analysts. Watching him move around on the court reminds me alittle of Kevin McHale. Though, he doesn't have McHale's game obviously. He's 23 years old with NO ceiling.
A few other names I've seen mentioned in mock drafts is Archie Goodwin (2 guard-Kentucky), Dennis Schroeder (point guard-Germany), and this Giannis Adetokoubo (small forward-Greece). All three have a reported "HUGE ceiling". I like all three, but they are all at least 2 years away from helping a team. Especially Goodwin. Horrid shooter, but excellent dribble drives. Can go Left or right, equally as good. finishing needs work as well. Schroeder is reported as having great speed with a ......descent shot. Only 19 he's built short with nice wingspan. Like Rondo.
Anyway... that's what I've got so far. Really looking forward to predraft workout camp. That's when you start getting a real feel for who's rising and sliding in the draft.
Just watched CJ McCollum's scouting video. I don't like him as a PG over a SG. Combo guard? 6'3 SG who isn't very athletic? Has a good head for the game and some nice moves though. And then there's that whole foot injury thing.
I too have been watching videos and reading scouting reports and have decided that this is just an awful draft year. Goodwin - a shooting guard that can't shoot? Schroeder appewars to be more than a few inches shorter than listed and doesn't distribute well. Schroeder's "huge ceiling"just means the ceiling looks higher to him because he's farther away from it. The largest group of "most usable" players are those already in supply - SF and PF and the Celtics don't have that need. Package a player or two and trade this year's pick and a conditional for the next two years. How many people have seen Melo play in person in the last two months? We simply don't know if he's a bust; we only know that he hasn't contributed thisyear.
I'ld rather them try to move this years pick for something else as well. And not any package deal to move up in the draft. I dont think any of them (maybe 1,2, or 3 tops) can help a team next year. But as always. You can never be 100% sure.