Many are calling the NBA Draft tonight a two player draft. All signs point to the 76’ers taking versatile LSU forward Ben Simmons with the 1st pick, and the Lakers taking Duke stretch four Brandon Ingram with the 2nd. What happens after the top two picks is anyone’s guess, but the chaos could resemble Walmart on Black Friday.
The Celtics are sitting in a precarious position with the 3rd pick. They’ve made it clear for months they would prefer to trade their pick for a proven starter, rather than add a rookie through the Draft. With less than 12 hours until the Draft, it doesn’t appear GM Danny Ainge has any takers.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of “The Vertical” joined The Herd and said that in a draft this weak, the Celtics’ #3 pick doesn’t have enough value to pull off a trade for a veteran star.
“The kind of caliber player that Boston or Phoenix would need to trade out of there, just is not available. The Jimmy Butlers, the Gordon Haywards. It would take an incredible haul for those teams to give those players up. Teams are not valuing those 3, 4, 5 picks. This is a bad draft, and teams aren’t willing to give up established veterans for the uncertainty of the upside of a couple of these young guys.”
Although, many NBA analysts have described this as a two player draft with Simmons and Ingram, Colin identified several under the radar prospects outside of the top 5 picks that could make an impact.
“I’ll go with Jaylen Brown from Cal being the surprise star in the draft. He’ll be the Damian Lillard. He’ll be the Andre Drummond. He’ll be the kid that goes later that I think has a chance to be a nice player.
I think the kid from Gonzaga, Sabonis, will go like 10 or 11. I think he’s gonna play in this league for 10 years.”