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2013 NBA Draft: Shabazz Muhammad Would Be Perfect For Boston Celtics’

Shabazz Muhammad

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics have the 16th pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With question regarding what to do with Paul Pierce, the Celtics should look into drafting Shabazz Muhammad if he is available.

Muhammad was rated highly in college before he played in a game for the UCLA Bruins. He struggled in his only year for the team, and that has led for some to say his stock has dropped some. Chad Ford of ESPN has the Celtics picking Muhammad, and it could work wonders for the team. If Doc Rivers were to stay in Boston, he would be the perfect coach to mold the young Muhammad into a potentially elite player. Muhammad is listed at 6-foo-7 and 222 pounds, he averaged 17 points and five rebounds for the Bruins, and even with his struggles with the team he was still named to the All Pac-12 team.

With Pierce possibly on his way out, Muhammad would be a suitable replacement for this team. Jeff Green would likely start at small forward, but he can be moved to the power forward position which would allow Muhammad to be in the starting lineup. Should Pierce stay with the team he would be a great mentor for Muhammad, and would help in developing his skills. His defensive skills are quite up to par, but the mentoring from Rivers will help out in that department as well as the veteran leadership he will get from his teammates.

Despite his flaws Muhammad can be a franchise players if he is surrounded by the right players and coaches. The Celtics are a team that prides themselves on defense and team-first basketball. Muhammad would be perfect for this team lets just hope he is available when it comes time for the Celtics to pick.