Celtics

Celtics

BOSTON -- There were no big trades for the Celtics by the time the No. 16 pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft came along.

The Celtics still owned that pick, and they used it to choose Louisville point guard Terry Rozier.

Rozier is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He led the Cardinals in scoring at 17.1 points per game, which ranked him fourth in the ACC. He led the ACC in steals with 2.0 per game and made the All-ACC second team.

Coach Brad Stevens was happy with the selection, "The opportunity to grab a guy with this much upside with the highest level of toughness and drive is the right fit."

The pick was a bit of a surprise considering the C's chose Marcus Smart at No. 6 in last year's NBA Draft and shooting guard James Young at No. 17. They also traded for point guard Isaiah Thomas during the 2014-15 season. Veteran shooting guard Avery Bradley signed a four-year deal prior to the 2014-15 season, and Evan Turner signed a two-year deal as well.

Basically, the Celtics didn't address a need with this pick. Perhaps team president Danny Ainge felt Rozier was the best player on the board, or perhaps he has some trade ideas in mind and Rozier allows the team some more flexibility.

But as Stevens noted about Rozier, the biggest thing that stands out about him is his toughness. He's not afraid to get after it on the court. 

 

SB Nation draft expert Kevin O'Connor called him one of the fastest guards in the draft, and "relentless" in driving to the hoop in transition as well as the half court.

With the constant rumors surrounding Smart leading up to the draft, it makes you wonder what the future holds for a few of these guards on the Celtics. Bradley also possesses a very tradable contract, and he's by no means untouchable.

While it looks like the NBA Draft has been a dud from a trading standpoint, the Celtics have all offseason to make something else happen.