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5 Biggest Rumors Surrounding the Boston Celtics Right Now

5 Biggest Rumors Surrounding the Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics are currently in 12th place in the absolutely abysmal Eastern Conference. With four games left in the NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks are currently in 8th place in the East with a stellar record of 35-43. Anytime a team that is under .500 makes the playoffs it is no bueno, but this highlights just how bad the Celtics have been this season. So what are the five biggest rumors surrounding the Celtics right now?

5. Drafting Andrew Wiggins

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5. Drafting Andrew Wiggins

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Wiggins is a talent with great potential -- there’s no doubt about that. But the Celtics should avoid drafting Wiggins. This has nothing to do with his performance in the NCAA Tournament—that is way too small of a sample size. The issue is that Wiggins’ ceiling and basement are much too far apart. There’s enough talent in the draft that the Celtics do not need to take a chance on Wiggins.

4. Drafting Jabari Parker

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4. Drafting Jabari Parker

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Okay, Jabari recently applied for sophomore housing at Duke, which means the Cameron Crazies and college basketball fans will probably get another season out of Parker. But if Parker does declare for the NBA Draft, the Celtics should have him ahead of Wiggins on their draft board. Parker seems more NBA-ready than Wiggins (possibly the most NBA-ready player in this year’s draft, if he enters, with the exception of Julius Randle out of Kentucky).

3. Drafting Joel Embiid

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3. Drafting Joel Embiid

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Embiid is probably more NBA-ready than his Kansas teammate Wiggins, and he might be great in the NBA. But seven-footers often have injury issues, and Embiid missed time at the end of the college season, including the NCAA Tournament, with a hurt back. The Celtics need to draft someone they can have more confidence in, like Randle, mentioned in the previous slide.

2. Trading Rajon Rondo

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2. Trading Rajon Rondo

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Rondo (or Hondo, as Boston mayor Thomas Menino once referred to the Celtics PG) has one year left on his current contract. This year’s draft has a number of quality guards. Will the Celtics actively try to trade Rondo and draft his replacement?

1. Drafting Marcus Smart

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1. Drafting Marcus Smart

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The Oklahoma State guard is entering the NBA Draft. He plays shooting guard and is not a pure point guard, so if the Celtics trade Rondo, it doesn’t seem likely Smart would take over at PG. Although that would be a possibility, I’m not sure I see it happening. It is much more likely the Celtics would draft Smart if Rondo stays in Boston. Rondo and Smart would be a great backcourt duo.