By: Justin Efron
Sitting at #27 in the 2018 NBA Draft with a slew of assets, the Celtics can do just about anything this year. Will they trade up? Will they trade back? Will the trade for a current NBA player? Or will they stay put? As much fun as it is to get lost in the rumors of blockbuster trades every year around the draft, it just doesn’t seem very likely for the Celts to make a trade. Of course they have the ammo to do it, with the top 1 protected Kings pick in 2019, the top 8 protected Grizzlies pick in 2019 as well as all the young studs they have on the current roster. Maybe Ainge falls in love with a top 10 talent like Doncic or Porter, but would he be willing to sacrifice a valuable asset for an uproven young player who likely wouldn’t see too much playing time as a rookie.
Instead of moving the 27th pick, I think the Celtics stay put, and pick Bruce Brown. Brown is a 6’5” sophomore guard from The University of Miami, who showed that he can play both on and off ball. He fits the mold of who Danny Ainge loves to draft, an athletic wing who can play multiple positions on both offense and defense.
The Celtics brought him in for a workout which must have gone well, as they brought him back for a second workout this week. Traditionally with the Celtics if you get a second workout, your chances of being selected by them is high. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Smart all had second workouts with the Celtics, who later picked them in the draft. To add to this, Miami’s head coach Jim Larranaga’s son, Jay, is a Celtics assistant, so it would make sense that there is a connection. Brown is also a Boston native, who grew up as a Celtics fan, so it feels like this would be the perfect story.
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