2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Boston Celtics Must Avoid

Prospects the Boston Celtics Need to Avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft

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The 2014 NBA Draft is extremely important for the Boston Celtics. Who they pick could dictate their success in the future. Boston cannot afford to miss on their selection this year. That being said, here are five prospects they need to avoid in this year's draft.

5. Kyle Anderson

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5. Kyle Anderson

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His skill set and basketball IQ are both intriguing, but how effective can Anderson be in the NBA? He has terrific court vision and passing ability, but he's slow and is limited offensively. Anderson is a point guard in a forward's body, but it won't be enough for him to be an impact player in the NBA.

4. Elfrid Payton

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4. Elfrid Payton

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Payton has the makings to be the next Rajon Rondo. He has excellent play-making skills and ability to run an offense. However, the Celtics should not draft someone who would replicate Rondo's game. Redundancy will not make them an better. Boston needs someone who can create his own shot and put the ball in the hoop.

3. Tyler Ennis

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3. Tyler Ennis

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Ennis is a true competitor with ice in his veins. He shoots well and runs the point efficiently. However, Ennis is too thin to be an impact player in the NBA. His defense is lacking and he doesn't have the speed you'd expect from a 6-foot-2 guard. The Celtics would be wasting a pick if they selected Ennis.

2. Doug McDermott

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2. Doug McDermott

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McDermott was one of the most prolific scorers in college, but how would his game translate to the NBA? He's extremely limited as an athlete, he's a tweener and is too ball-dominant at times. McDermott can shot, but a surprising amount of his points came in the paint. Those opportunities won't exist for McDermott at the NBA level. As popular as he is, the Celtics must stay away from "Dougie-Fresh."

1. Aaron Gordon

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1. Aaron Gordon

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Gordon's athletic ability and explosiveness is enticing for any NBA team. However, the Celtics must stay away from Gordon at all costs. He doesn't have the post-skills, rebounding ability or the most intriguing size to be a power forward, and he doesn't have the jump shot or ball-handling skills to be a small forward. He's can get to the rim, but his free throw percentage is awful. Gordon is a classic case of a tweener. Boston has to pass on him.