ESPN's Chad Ford gives the Celtics an A-
ability to find good players later in the draft. He isn't always right
Banks and J.R.
Giddens), but he's found a number of terrific players outside the
lottery, including Rajon
Gomes and Glen
Davis, and I think Ainge may have done it again this year.
a year ago, Bradley was ranked as ESPNU's No. 1 college prospect coming
out of high school. He has all the tools to be a terrific scorer but
got stuck in a strange situation at Texas last season. He's not a pure
point guard, but the Celtics already have one of those guys. He can
slash to the basket and hit the midrange jumper, and what the Celtics
really love is his terrific defense on the ball.
Harangody should pay off. Harangody wouldn't make every team, but he
reminds me of Brian
Scalabrine, who found a measure of success in Boston. While he's
far from a sure thing, he really knows how to play and put up huge
numbers at Notre Dame.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix gives the Celtics a B-
Bradley for weeks, hoping the explosive combo guard would get
to the Celtics at No. 19. While most believed Ainge was targeting a big
man to fill in for the injured Kendrick Perkins or the
just-retired Rasheed Wallace, Ainge was always after
the best player available. Bradley was it. Bradley can back up Rajon
Rondo and his slashing ability gives Boston a much-needed
punch on what will likely be a revamped bench. Luke Harangody
was an overachiever in college, but if he turns out to be a good
practice player, Boston will keep him around.