Celtics could wing it in the first round
Searching for a replacement
With Paul Pierce likely leaving the Celtics via trade or buyout, the C's will be in the market this offseason for another wing player. While no one expects the C's to find Pierce 2.0 with the No. 16 pick, there are still quality small forwards and shooting guards that may be around when the C's are on the clock. Here's a glimpse at some of them:
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Has a sweet stroke, a quick release that reminds many of former Celtic Ray Allen. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Top-3.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
A disruptive defender in the mold of former Celtic Tony Allen (and to some degree current Celtic Avery Bradley), but his offensive game remains a work in progress. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Top-5.
Otto Porter, Georgetown
At 6-foot-9, he has great size and length to create matchup problems. Could stand to add bulk to his 205-pound frame. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Top-10.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
Classic two-guard who can knock down the three-ball with ease, but needs to develop his mid-range game. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Lottery Pick (Top-14).
Giannis Adetokoubo, Greece
Hasn't faced stiff competition in Greek's second division, but a 7-3 wingspan on a 6-9 frame with above-average athleticism makes him a tough one to pass on halfway through the first round. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Middle of first round.
Shabazz Mohammad, UCLA
Southpaw with a great wingspan and a scorer's mentality. Character concerns make him the most likely draft night slider. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Middle of the first round.
Tony Snell, New Mexico
Smooth-shooting two-guard. One of the best catch-and-shoot players in the draft. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Middle to latter part of first round.
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
A more perimeter-oriented version of former college teammate Kawhi Leonard, now with the San Antonio Spurs. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Middle to latter part of first round.
Sergey Karasev, Russia
Lefty with a quick release. Lack of lateral speed makes him a defensive liability at this level. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: Middle to latter part of first round.
Ricky Ledo, Providence
Without a single college game on his resume, Ledo's talent will be too much for some team to resist. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: First round.
Allen Crabbe, Cal
Excellent shooter, but ball-handling and one-on-one skills need work. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: First round.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Overlooked by Trey Burke's emergence, Hardaway Jr. has the size, skills and pedigree to be a solid pro. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: First round.
Glen Rice Jr., D-League
Like his father, an explosive scorer. Character issues will keep him from going higher in the draft. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: First round, early second.