With the 2013-14 season over, the Boston Celtics can now look towards the future, hopefully one that includes the NBA Draft’s latest entry, Duke forward Jabari Parker.
Now a lot has to play out before we know who the C’s can actually target with their first pick in the draft, but if Parker is available, even with an Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, or Joel Embid on the board, they should snatch him up.
The Duke forward finished the season averaging 19.1 points per game and grabbing 8.7 rebounds a night, showing a skill-set similar to that of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Obviously, saying Parker will be a copy of ‘Melo is a stretch, but with his size and ball-handling ability, he offers the Celtics the versatility they need on the offensive end.
Drafting Parker would also create a great shift for the C’s rotation. Assuming they sign or draft a shot-blocking center, he can be used in small-ball lineups at the four, or he can play as the three alongside Jared Sullinger. Either way, this would mean Jeff Green‘s time in Boston is most likely up, unless the Celtics can find a suitor for Brandon Bass. That way, a small lineup of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Green, Parker, and center X can be balanced enough to give teams fits on both sides of the court.
Until we see how the ping pong balls bounce, we won’t know what the Celtics will be looking at come draft day. Their two, first-round selections are going to be impact players thanks to the depth in this draft class. Sure, watching the NBA playoffs are fun, especially with so much talent in this year’s group, but Boston fans are looking forward to fresh names like Jabari Parker, who could be donning the Celtic green and white on opening night next season.