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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Boston Celtics Should Target at No. 17

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Boston Celtics Should Target at No. 17

Shabazz Napier
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Thanks to the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, the Boston Celtics own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick at No. 17. In a draft like this year's, having another first rounder is extremely valuable. Here are five players the Celtics should consider taking with their second first-round pick.

5. Cleanthony Early

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5. Cleanthony Early

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Early is a combo forward who can score in a variety of ways. He's a terrific mid-range shooter and an excellent slasher who can finish in traffic. Early is a very capable defender on the perimeter and uses his quickness and athleticism to his advantage. Catching fire on offense, at times he seems unstoppable. He's a little thin for the PF position and has subpar ball-handling skills for an SF, so some concerns are there.

4. P.J. Hairston

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4. P.J. Hairston

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Hairston is a knock-down three-point shooter with outstanding range. His stroke is flawless and he is a balanced shooter. He scores most of his points in transition making him a great fit on an up-tempo team. Hairston would be a great fit next to Rajon Rondo and would give Boston a player who can stretch the floor.

3. Kyle Anderson

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3. Kyle Anderson

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Anderson's combination of size, basketball IQ and skill makes him a true point forward. He's not very athletic, nor does he have a consistent shot, but Anderson takes advantage of his mismatches by beating guards inside. He also plays tough defense and is an excellent play maker. His intelligence would make him a great fit under Brad Stevens.

2. Adreian Payne

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2. Adreian Payne

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Payne is an extremely athletic big man with excellent shooting ability from outside. He can score inside, in transition and outside. With elite athleticism, he is able to sore over his opponents for rebounds and put backs. He and Rondo would make a very effective pairing in the pick-and-roll.

1. Shabazz Napier

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1. Shabazz Napier

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In the NCAA Tournament, we all saw what Napier is capable of doing. He's a leader on the court and has a knack for hitting the big shot. His killer instinct will allow him to be successful in the NBA and his talent is underrated. If the Celtics grab Napier at No. 17, it'll be a great pick. He could be the successor to Rajon Rondo at the point some day.