Celtics Talk TV: Draft Stock Watch

Celtics Talk TV: Draft Stock Watch
March 27, 2014, 10:15 am
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1 Milwaukee 15-67 64.3% 25.0%
2 Philadelphia 19-63 55.8% 19.9%
3 Orlando 23-59 46.9% 15.6%
4 Utah 25-57 33.7% 10.4%
5 Boston 25-57 33.4% 10.3%
6 LA Lakers 27-55 21.5% 6.3%
7 Sacramento 28-54 15.0% 4.3%
8 Detroit 29-53 9.9% 2.8%
9 Cleveland 33-49 6.1% 1.7%
10 Philadelphia (from NOR) 34-48 4.0% 1.1%
11 Denver 36-46 2.9% 0.8%
12 Orlando (from NY) 37-45 2.5% 0.7%
13 Minnesota 40-42 2.2% 0.6%
14 Phoenix 48-34 1.8% 0.5%
  • The Celtics will also have the 17th pick from Brooklyn

When talking about the Celtics, it's probably better for your health to think about the future and not focus on the now.

With that, we bring you this edition of Celtics Talk TV, where Kyle Draper, Rich Levine, and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss the topic that's been hot around the Celtics all season: the NBA Draft.

There are some big names expected to be in it this year in Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum, Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, and many more.

The Celtics will definitely have one lottery pick, and then another pick expected to be in the high teens.

Last week, everybody had a chance to watch most of these players in the NCAA tournament. Now, though, some are eliminated early on. The guys discuss if that has an impact on their draft stock.

"I think when you're talking about those types of players you can't really go by what they do in the tournament," Blakely said. "You have to look at their entire body of work. So, certainly them getting bounced early doesn't help, but when you look at a guy like Jabari Parker I guarantee you that the team that's picking three, four, or five, if he's still on the board they're not going to be thinking about him and what he did in the tournament. They're going to remember how he was banging and busting teams in the regular season and ACC."

Levine rattles off Kevin Durant and Shaquille O'Neal as two players who didn't have much success in the tourney and turned out not so bad. Oh, and LeBron James didn't even play.

That said, those types of players are few and hard to find. There's been plenty of hype about the players coming out, but does it feel like it's a bit overrated?

"I think so," Levine said. "I don't know if other people did and everyone just sort of bought into the hype because it was fun to do so. You look at a guy like Wiggins. LeBron was NBA-ready when he came to the league. Wiggins, I think once he spends a couple years in an NBA weight room he's going to be ready to dominate, but these guys, [they're] not going to come in and dominate right away. Parker I think maybe has a little better chance, but in general there's not a game changer necessarily."

Overrated or not, the Celtics look to have one of the top picks. So, who would be their ideal player?

"Embiid. Even with the back issues," Blakely said. "One, they've had pretty good track record with guys with back records. This guy named Jared Sullinger, that's worked out pretty well for them. And two, I don't think it's the type of injury that's going to be reoccurring throughout the year. And three, when you look at their roster how it's constructed now, they don't have anybody that can protect the rim."

Levine says the back injury scares him and he doesn't think the Celtics will risk it with Embiid. Parker is his guy.

Which player would you take in the draft? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to check out the rest of our Celtics Talk TV segments.