2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Boston Celtics

5 First-Round Options for Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics are in the midst of a total rebuild. Boston finished with one of the worst records in the NBA this season, winning just 25 games. Fortunately for the Celtics, their poor record gives them a chance to land a high lottery pick in the draft. With this pick, plus an additional pick at No. 17, Boston has a great opportunity to land two impact players. Here are five options it should consider in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon, Arizona
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Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon, Arizona
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Aaron Gordon is a freakish athlete with tremendous upside. He is devastating in transition and a very good defensive player who has the ability to guard both small and power forwards. Gordon does need to polish his offensive skills in the pros. His jump shot is unreliable and he does not have a low-post game. Still, his limitless potential makes him an attractive pick early in the first round.

Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

Julius Randle, Kentucky
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Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

Julius Randle, Kentucky
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Julius Randle is a much more polished product than Gordon. Randle is a very good mid-range shooter who is deadly when running pick-and-pop. He also can make plays with the ball in the post and has shown the ability to convert in traffic. Randle is somewhat undersized and far from an elite athlete, so his capacity to defend NBA power forwards is somewhat questionable. Nevertheless, Randle would immediately improve the Celtics' lineup.

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
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Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
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With Rajon Rondo on the roster, Marcus Smart may not seem like a logical option for Boston in the draft. However, the Celtics may look to move Rondo this offseason and stockpile more young assets. In that case, Smart could take over the point guard position next season. Smart is a powerful guard who can hold his own on both ends of the floor against NBA competition. If he can improve his shooting, Smart can become a true star.

Rodney Hood, SG/SF, Duke

Rodney Hood, Duke
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Rodney Hood, SG/SF, Duke

Rodney Hood, Duke
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With the 17th pick, the Celtics will look for talented players who slipped out of the lottery. Rodney Hood could be available in this spot. Hood has a smooth offensive game and excellent range. His versatility allows him to play either shooting guard or small forward in the NBA. If Hood is available, the Celtics will have to strongly consider taking him with their second first-round pick.

T.J. Warren, SG/SF, NC State

T.J. Warren, NC State
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T.J. Warren, SG/SF, NC State

T.J. Warren, NC State
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T.J. Warren is an excellent scorer who can hit shots from anywhere on the court. Warren also plays with great effort, which is reflected in his rebounding statistics. Defensively, Warren might struggle to matchup with NBA wings. He is not athletic enough to defend shooting guards and not quite strong enough to guard forwards. Early in his career, Warren would best be used as the primary scorer of a second unit.

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