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Celtics draft report cards

Chuck - Red's Army June 25, 2010 Uncategorized 8 Comments

ESPN's Chad Ford gives the Celtics an A-

Analysis: Celtics president Danny Ainge has shown an uncanny
ability to find good players later in the draft. He isn't always right
(remember Marcus
Banks
and J.R.
Giddens
), but he's found a number of terrific players outside the
lottery, including Rajon
Rondo
, Kendrick
Perkins
, Tony
Allen
, Ryan
Gomes and
Glen
Davis
, and I think Ainge may have done it again this year.

Just
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.

Getting
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-

Danny Ainge has had a bit of a man-crush on Avery
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.

Adi Joseph of NBA Draft.net gives the Celtic a B

There's a lot to like about Bradley teaming with Rajon Rondo in the
future. Defensively, you couldn't come up with a much better backcourt.
It was important for Bradley to land on a team that didn't need him to
play point full-time but would also give him the opportunity to learn
the position. Harangody is a value along the same lines as Glen Davis
and Leon Powe of previous drafts – a highly productive college player
who should be better than Brian Scalabrine, for what that's worth.
Neither was a “great” pick, but both were solid and earn a solid grade.

I gave the Celtics a B as well (in the new poll on the right sidebar). How can you not love Bradley's defensive ability? And for all those fans comparing him to Tony Allen… Stop! – He's already a far more polished offensive player.

This draft report card will also be impacted by which center/forward the Celtics land in free agency. If that person fails, then Ainge will be criticized for passing on Hassan Whiteside and other big men.

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  • thetitleisours

    The thought of Rondo and him shooting free throws at the end of a close game makes one cringe a little though

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    I think these two pics are sweet. Great athlete in Avery, and a bruiser with Harangody. I can just imagine Baby and him playing one on one.
    I’d love to know the available bigs that are out there. I’ve read that Jermaine O’Neal, Brad Miller and Ben Wallace are available. I like the idea of either Jermaine or Brad, but no way Ben.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Its kinda funny how Tony has been in the league six years and he still plays like a rookie on offense: horrible shot, poor decision maker, subpar ball handling ability but he can finish around the rim well due to his athleticism.

  • thetitleisours

    Danny: Sign this kid!!
    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Artsiom-Parakhouski-5690/
    “Parakhouski’s biggest strength remains his sheer size. He’s simply dominant around the basket on the college level, and his height and strength advantage is even more apparent in Big South play.
    From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Artsiom-Parakhouski-5690/#ixzz0rsegzHrY
    http://www.draftexpress.com

  • thetitleisours

    Some others…
    “Of course, there were a handful of players who weren’t drafted who probably deserved to be picked. Sherron Collins was the most notable. He had a terrific college career at Kansas but his height and weight hurt his stock. Mikhail Torrance was a standout at Portsmouth and had gained a lot of momentum in his draft workouts, but he somehow fell out of the draft. Art Parakhouski was a guy who got a lot of hype during the season and right after the season, but that talk cooled down quickly and his name was not called. Jon Scheyer of Duke had an incredible season and, as a 6-foot-5 point guard, seemed like he would find his way into the second round, but it didn’t happen.”
    http://www.thehoopsreport.com/article.aspx?id=520

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5cd064970c Count Istvan 17-11 9-3.

    those aren’t bad grade. Last night the way people were posting here I thought it was a universal F. Of course nobody knows and won’t for a few years.

  • zippittyay

    gotta love Harangody’s Heinsohnesque running hook shots!!

  • Rvr

    If you’re going to give them a B you should tell us what they could have done to get an A. If Bradley was the best talent at that spot, then how is it not an A pick? If there was better talent, who was it? This whole grading thing is a bit annoying. And not just here, everywhere else they do the same thing.