Alright so the Celtics have the 16th pick in the draft. Here are some players that we should be targeting:
BPA: As the Celtics might be heading into "rebuilding mode" it would be wise to just take the best player. If a player projected to go lottery but falls to us, such as Shabazz Muhammad, I think it would be pretty much a no-brainer.
Mason Plumlee: KG is near the end, and I don't have much faith in Fab Melo. Mason will likely be the best big man when we pick. He still has some work to do, but with his size, athleticism, and production, it would be hard to pass on him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: We could decide to roll the dice and draft the interesting point forward from Greece. The Cs could be reaping big rewards from this pick down the road in a few years, or he could be completely out of the league. This pick is VERY risky, and considering that this is our only pick (barring a trade with the Clippers which would give as an additional first round pick), I'm not sure if the reward outweighs the risk.
Dennis Schroeder: The guy the Cs supposedly promised. Like Giannis, he is a very high risk/reward pick. He has blazing speed, great quickness, and good length. He looked really good at the Nike Hoop Summit, but he doesn't come without questions. I wonder if his shooting is really as good as his numbers suggest, and he reportedly has some major attitude problems. A little bit less risky than Antetokounmpo in my opinion, but I'm not sure if the Cs should take a gamble on him if a lottery talent like Shabazz or even Mason Plumlee are on the board.
In case I'm unavailable when it's my turn to pick, here's the prospects I want in order.
1. Shabazz Muhammad: I feel like he has the talent and the mindset to be one of, if not the best player in the draft. Even though the Celtics already have Jeff Green, and Shabazz doesn't really fit a need, I think if he's available he'd be by far the best player available.
2. Ricky Ledo: Since the Celtics are in rebuilding mode, they should be looking for potential cornerstones rather than role players. Ricky Ledo is really enigmatic, as he seems to have lottery talent, but with not having college experience he presents a really big risk. His ceiling is so high, especially on offense, that he makes the risk worthwhile in this weak draft.
3. Dennis Schroeder: Another big risk/reward guy. The Celtics don't have a back-up point guard, so Schroeder can carve out a role immediately, and can continue to work on his game as he backs up Rajon Rondo. Rondo's contract expires in two years, at which time Schroeder might be able to step in and become the starter in case Rondo decides to leave.
4. Mason Plumlee: I feel like he's being undervalued a bit in this draft. He's an athletic 7 footer that put up really good numbers in the ACC. He could afford to add some weight and work on his post game some, but he should be a serviceable big in the NBA.
5. Giannis Adetokunbo: Another high risk/reward prospect, although with Giannis I feel like the risk is much, much greater. He could turn out to be a pretty solid small forward in the league with his size, athletic tools, and unique skill set, but considering his level of competition, it's really hard to predict how well he'd do in the best basketball league in the world.
6. Honestly I don't think I needed to go past #2, but just in case, here's my last resort: Reggie Bullock. He's a personal favorite of mine. While he doesn't have the upside of the other players on this board, I think he's going to be a rock solid pro. Very good role player with his 3 and D ability.