Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 Draft:Avery Bradley (19th) and Luke Harangody(52nd).

The future of a Celtics draft picks in recent years can mean one of several things; gradual and increasing court time leading to success as a player (Rondo and Davis), the D-League and time playing for the Maine Red Claws (Lester Hudson, JR Giddens) or being traded (Bill Walker, who put up some nice numbers for Knicks last year). Faced with the prospect of an aging but still highly effective core (Allen, Peirce, Garnett), utilising and taking the time to foster the talents of their draft picks must be a priority if the Celtics hope to contest for future titles. 

Luckily, it looks like the C's have chosen well; drafting a point guard / combo guard in Avery Bradley and a hardworking power forward in Luke Harangody.

Bradley addresses some key areas of need for the Celtics. Firstly, they C's may have a reliable rookie back up for Rondo with similar defensive instincts and speed. Secondly, from what Boston's recruitment has observed of Bradley, his D is at an elite 'NBA ready' level. His shooting is still emerging, but his solid mid range game is sorely needed by the green and white. Finally, with a potential combo guard who has the ability to play 'bigger' than his actual height (6-2-ish) the Celtics may (and I am making a rather large supposition) have the makings of a devastating front court Rondo / Bradley duo for years to come.

Luke Harangody is a solid Power Forward, a player with a reputation as a fierce competitor and low post work horse. Playing for Notre Dame in the highly competitive 'Big East', Harangody was the go to option for the 'fighting Irish' and thrived playing some the best players of the 2010 draft class this past college season. With numbers like 21.8 ppg and 11.4 rpg averaged over his last three seasons at ND, he was a steal at 52 outweighing any misgivings other NBA teams may have had about his abilities or potential.

The Celtics need to do one when the 2010 - 2011 season kicks off; PLAY THE DAMN ROOKIES FOR A CHANGE!!!! This is my biggest criticism of this Celtic team, over playing an older core while capable young guys sit on the bench. That said some 'rooks' of the past several seasons just haven't cut the mustard (Gabe Pruitt I am talking to you). Having two players with the abilities of Avery and Bradley, the Celtics have two valid contributors this season. For this to happen they need to get a regular 20 or so minutes every few games at the beginning of the season, building up to game in game out contributions by seasons end. If this team is willing to tank games to be ready for the play offs, then they can leave a game or two in the hands to youthful and energetic rookies.

Green and white for life.     

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