With the potential of losing the face of the franchise this off-season, the Boston Celtics should more than likely be headed towards a shooting guard or small forward in this year’s NBA Draft. Paul Pierce could find himself wearing another uniform starting next year, and he is going to be a nearly-impossible guy to replace via the Draft.
The only thing the Celtics can do with the 16th overall pick is to grab the best available player – a tougher task than it may appear to be. It will be fairly easy to predict at least ten to twelve guys who will be off the board, but after that it gets a little blurry. There are a couple of centers that could be hanging around depending on teams’ strategies, but the Celtics will more than likely go with a wing.
One of the biggest secondary reasons the Celtics need to draft a two or three is due to Jason Terry‘s struggles. He clearly wasn’t the same player last year with Boston and struggled to knock down shots he is accustomed to making.
An interesting pick with number 16 could be San Diego State‘s Jamaal Franklin. At 6’5” Franklin has great size for a two guard and features a very athletic frame. Last season for the Aztecs he led them in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
By no means is Franklin a consistent scorer just yet, but he displays the type of tenacity on both ends of the floor to create offense for both himself and his teammates. Whether it’s taking the ball into the paint and finishing or getting himself a steal and manufacturing a fast break, Franklin offers some desirable qualities in a shooting guard.
Franklin does possess the talent to create a shot for himself. Having that down, working on his jumper will be the next step for success at the professional level. The coaching of Doc Rivers wouldn’t hurt his case, either, as Rivers loves the types of guys with a motor and can make them into quite the player.
It all depends on who is available at number 16 for Boston. Without many huge names in this year’s class, it will be more unpredictable than typical drafts. If Franklin is available, the Celtics may very well be calling his name.