Celtics fans have now had a chance to analyze and digest the teams draft selections made last week in Brooklyn, as they selected four players across both rounds. The teams first selection came in at pick No. 14, as they selected Romeo Langford of Indiana University. Langford is a six foot six swing guard with the ability to be a lethal scorer at the NBA level. In his lone year at IU, Langford averaged 16.5 points while battling a torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury many think hindered his production. Boston then selected at No. 20 overall, picking Matisse Thybulle, a forward from Washington, who was traded to Philadelphia, in exchange for the 24th pick.
Boston’s next pick in which they kept, came in at No. 22 overall, as they selected under sized power forward Grant Williams from Tennessee. Williams is a high motor hard working kind of player that the Celtics can benefit from if all pans out. In the second round, Boston went guard heavy, selecting Purdue guard Carsen Edwards at No. 33 overall. Edwards was one of the bigger names in the draft, after his huge run in the NCAA tournament that propelled the Boilermakers to the Elite 8, before they fell to the eventual champs Virginia. Edwards lack of size and short run of dominance posed question marks for teams, resulting in his late selection. There’s no doubt he has the ability to score from all areas, but will it show at the highest level?
Lastly, Boston drafted Tremont Waters of LSU at 51st overall. Waters, like Edwards is a scoring type of point guard. His size and build were downsides for him in the draft process, but could turn out to benefit a Celtics team in need of point guard depth, as it looks to lose Kyrie Irving and potentially a disgruntled Terry Rozier to free agency. Celtics president Danny Ainge did a decent job with the draft this year, adding depth and scoring ability to the fold.
The biggest issue remains that Boston is set to lose its star player, Kyrie Irving, as well as tenured big man Al Horford, who’s looking to sign a four year deal elsewhere per sources. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be the guys Boston will look to build around and for moving forward. Adding a major piece in free agency such as Kemba Walker or D’Angelo Russell (if Kyrie goes to Brooklyn and Russell wants out), could bolster this teams chances from being a four to five seed next season, to being a legit contender in the Eastern Conference.
Clearly the Celtics are in a retool mode, not a full on rebuild.