Ideas for Our Next Center
posted at 10/10/2013 2:00 PM EDT
Although too early to tell, Fav looks to be an adequate backup.
Will Danny get our franchise center from the draft or via trade?
No team is going to give up their top 10 center. Period. That includes Cousins, Kanter, Hibbert, Jordon, Drummand, Lopez, AJ, Noah, and Mark Gasol.
Bad teams with tier-two but young Centers with potential may be the only source:
Vucevic (Orlando) 13PPG - 12 RPG.
Pekovic (Minn) 16PPG - 9RPG
Saunders (Bucks) 10PPG and 10 RPG (but a beast on D)
Asik (Houston) 10PPG - 12RPG. Asik is expendable and valued.
Of this group I like Saunders. Sort of a Bill Russell type in terms of size, smarts, D and motor. I think he would fit extremely well with the Celtics team style of play. The Bucks need SF and SG. Saunders for Green and Bradley (others to make salaries work). Second preference would be Asik. Houston needs to upgrade at PF, PG and SF. Rondo or Green and Bass for Asik, Lin and Canaan.
Depending whre we pick... (and assuming Wiggins, Randle, Parker and Gordon are gone...There are 2 franchise changing PGs in Smart (can also move to SG) and Exum (if he enters). I can't see the Celtics passing on either of these two picks if available.
Of the next group, Harrison PG is projected as a solid starter, but Embiid 7'0" C could be another franchise altering player. So at pick 7 (assuming Smart and Exum are gone) I take Embiid (change from Harrison). and look for a SG with our next pick. Harris, Seldon, Herzonia may be gone, but Sulaimon and Hood could be on the board.
IF we took our PG with the first pick, (we can assume that Rondo is/will be traded) then I would look to trade up and try to get Centers: McGary, Cauley-Stein, Austin or Johnson.
Or how about taking Smart with our first pick and trading our second 2014 pick and one of our 2015 first round pick to also select Embiid.!!