Who Should The Celtics Draft if They Land a Top 3 Pick?

Before I start this, the chances of the Celtics landing 2 or 3 in tonight’s draft lottery are SLIM, but it’s fun to speculate. If for some reason we do land a top three pick, you can catch me running butt naked up and down my street all night long. With that said, let’s look at some potential candidates:

DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

There’s no shot we land Ayton, but man it’d be nice. He’s the consensus #1 overall pick and will probably be one of the best centers in the league for a while if he pans out. But if for some reason he’s available at #2, I would personally have to fight Danny Ainge if he didn’t grab him.

Mo Bamba, C, Texas

I think there’s a lot of potential with Mo Bamba. He’s raw offensively, but I think he could turn into an elite rim protector and eventually develop a solid offensive game. He showed enough flashes during his time at Texas to make me a believer. I think of him as a Clint Capela type of center if he can live up to the hype.

Marvin Bagley, C, Duke

I’m not nearly as high on Bagley as I am the other two, but he’s still a really great prospect. He has a really high ceiling as far as his scoring potential goes. My problem with Bagley is on defense. I’m a Duke fan, so I watched a lot of games this year. And I noticed him just falling asleep a ton on D. Maybe it’s just a college thing, who knows. I’m not out on him, I just like the other two a lot more.

If you can’t tell, I think the Celtics need a center, and this draft is LOADED with athletic bigs. Al Horford isn’t going to last forever, but I think he could wind up being a great mentor for any of these kids.

So will we see the Celtics land a high pick tonight? There’s a 97.1% chance that we don’t, but honestly, this team has done some pretty crazy shit this year. I’m not putting anything out of the realm of possibility.

-Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)

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