Boston Celtics: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

The Boston Celtics have three picks in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft (#14, #26 and #30) and an additional pick in the second round (#47).

One has to wonder whether the rumors regarding their interest in packaging multiple picks to move up in the upcoming draft has anything to do with the rumors that Gordon Hayward wants out of Boston. However, once again the Celtics enter an offseason in the uncomfortable position of being a championship contender with the future of one of their star players up in the air.

Unlike most other contending teams, how the draft pans out for Boston could wind up being incredibly important to how well they perform next season.

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2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 14 overallNo. 26 overallNo. 30 overallNo. 47 overall

Celtics Draft Needs

The Celtics have great depth at every position but so much is dependent on the players that it’s difficult to project their rotation next season; Hayward, Enes Kanter while Semi Ojeleye will become a restricted free agent.

That said, if the Celtics were to play without Tatum for any extended period (without Hayward in particular) they would be in a world of trouble. It would be wise for Boston to prioritize shoring up their forward depth. While Ojeleye and Hayward may not return, the type of impact Grant Williams makes on the court doesn’t pop out on a stat sheet.

For this reason, trading up in the draft and securing a top-10 pick could help address that scenario.

Adding depth at the center and point guard positions is also important for Celtics. Although Boston is likely to bring Daniel Theis — who’s contract is non-guaranteed — back, Kanter opt may explore the open market for a more lucrative contract (and find it). At point guard, the steady veteran Brad Wanamaker and neophyte Tremont Waters are set to become free agents this offseason.

Fortunately for Boston, the 2020 NBA Draft has a bevy of intriguing prospects at point guard, forward and center in their draft range.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 14 overallNo. 26 overallNo. 30 overallNo. 47 overall
G-F Isaac Okoro, AuburnPG Kira Lewis Jr., AlabamaPF Reggie Perry, Mississippi StatePG Payton Pritchard, Oregon
F Patrick Williams, Florida St.F Jaden McDaniels, WashingtonPF Paul Reed, DePaulG Grant Riller, Charleston
F Saddiq Bey, VillanovaF Tyler Bey, ColoradoC Daniel Oturu, MinnesotaPG Tre Jones, Duke
PF Jalen Smith, MarylandF-C Isaiah Stewart, WashingtonSG Elijah Hughes, SyracuseF CJ Elleby, Washington St.
PF Precious Achiuwa, MemphisF-C Zeke Nnaji, ArizonaPG Malachi Flynn, San Diego St.PG Cassius Winston, Michigan St.

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerRJ Hampton (No. 14), Leandro Bolmaro (No. 26), Killian Tillie (No. 30)
The AthleticKira Lewis Jr. (No. 14), Leandro Bolmaro (No. 26), Robert Woodard II (No. 30), Skylar Mays (No. 47)
USA TODAY SportsCole Anthony (No. 14), Leandro Bolmaro (No. 26), Tre Jones (No. 30)
CBS SportsAaron Nesmith (No. 14), Xavier Tillman (No. 26), Elijah Hughes (No. 30)
The ScoreKira Lewis Jr. (No. 14), Aleksej Pokusevski (No. 26), Leandro Bolmaro (No. 30)

Projected Roster

PGKemba Walker
SGMarcus Smart
SGRomeo Langford
SGCarsen Edwards
G-FJaylen Brown
G-FJavonte Green
FJayson Tatum
FGordon Hayward
PFSemi Ojeleye
PFGrant Williams
CDaniel Theis
CEnes Kanter
CRobert Williams III
CVincent Poirier

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

New YorkDetroitMiami
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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