One of the Boston Celtics‘ flaws last season was their bench. The bench struggled to produce points and any type of production for the team. Jason Terry was brought in to anchor the bench, but he was unable to generate anything close to his season when he won the Sixth Man of the Year award. The Celtics’ failure to produce off the bench is why they failed to complete a comeback against the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2013 NBA playoffs. Looking ahead to the upcoming draft, the Celtics will be looking for good, young role players to come in and make an impact.
The Celtics should look no further then Peyton Siva. Siva, who is coming off a championship season with the Louisville Cardinals, would be a great fit for the Celtics. With the uncertainty of when Rajon Rondo will be back from an ACL tear, Siva would make a nice substitution until Rondo returns. Siva is a great defender and a great floor general, and he has plenty of upside as a rookie coming into the NBA. He is projected to go in the second round, and hopefully, he falls right into the Celtics’ hands. Adding Siva would give the Celtics a trio of defensive specialists, as Siva would be paired in the backcourt with Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley.
Siva has had plenty of college experience; he stayed all four years at Louisville, which is rare in college basketball today. The move has only helped him grow as a player, and he has plenty of awards to show for it. Siva has the talent and skills to lead the Celtics’ second unit on the bench, and he would be surrounded by great veteran leadership if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston. Doc Rivers, a former point guard in the NBA, would be just the coach Siva needs to help him maximize his skills and turn into an NBA superstar. Siva has already worked out for the Celtics and other teams, and all the reviews have been great. When the Celtics turn comes in the second round, if Siva is still available, they need to make him their selection.