Prototypical Celtics: Who would fit C's in second round of draft?
Our 2019 Prototypical Celtics series rolls on with a look at potential late second-round picks that might interest the Celtics in this month’s NBA draft.
The Celtics currently own only one second-round pick — No. 51 — and there is always the chance that, with three first-round selections, the team could sell off that pick to prevent a draftee overload. It seems more likely that Boston could move a first-round selection — even if just pushing assets into future seasons — and might need end-of-the-roster depth with that final pick.
WHAT DO CELTICS SEEK IN A SECOND-ROUND PICK?
The Celtics have put an emphasis in recent years on targeting players that could be funneled to their G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, either as two-way players — like Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird in 2017 — or domestic draft-and-stash — like Abdel Nader in 2016.
Some notable recent second-round picks:
Semi Ojeleye — 37th, 2017
Abdel Nader — 58th, 2016
Jordan Mickey — 33rd, 2015
E’Twaun Moore — 55th, 2011
DaQUAN JEFFRIES, TULSA
Teams can never have enough 3-and-D wings — especially ones with the sort of defensive versatility that Jeffries can provide. Jeffries oozes athleticism and grit, and he shot 37.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc in two seasons at Tulsa (on 3.3 attempts per game). Jeffries might have really upped his stock at the Portsmouth Invitational.
BRUNO FERNANDO, MARYLAND
During our bigs series, we spotlighted Tacko Fall as one potential second-round option for Boston. It seems unlikely that Fernando could slip deep into the second round with his freak NBA-ready body (ESPN suggested he’s in the "elite 1 percent" based on his measurements). He’s very raw, especially on the defensive end, but could be a low-risk, high-reward type player give his offensive potential.
SAGABA KONATE, WEST VIRGINIA
This 6-foot-8 defense-first big man played only eight games for West Virginia this season due to a knee injury. That didn’t deter the Mali native from going pro but it could leave him waiting to hear his name called. During the 2017-18 season, Konate made the Big 12 All-Defense team while blocking 3.2 shots per game (his 116 blocks total was second in the country). In a very small sample (23 total 3-point attempts) he shot 39.1 percent beyond the arc in those eight games.
TREMONT WATERS, LSU
The Celtics have uncertainty among all their ball-handlers and it wouldn’t be the worst idea to snag a player that could at least fill out your point guard depth chart with a final pick. Waters is only 5-11 but he can confidently run the offense and either generate looks for himself or his teammates.
ZYLAN CHEATHAM, ARIZONA STATE
The buzz with Cheatham is his energy and you can do worse with a second-round flyer than tabbing someone who is going to give 100 percent effort. Cheatham averaged a double-double this past season (12.1 points, 10.3 rebounds) and added 3.2 assists per game. He shot 44 percent beyond the arc, though on less than an attempt per game.