With no second-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics will either have to sign an undrafted player, or move up on draft day to nab a sleeper that is on their draft board.
So I present the idea that they will grab someone who will make an unexpected impact just like Phil Pressey did last season (and yes, in all likelihood it will be Pressey again this season). But let’s pretend like the Celts bring someone in after the draft who sticks to the roster, and can be a role player for the team for the duration of a rookie-length contract.
Recently, the Celtics worked out a dozen players who they are not expected to draft in the first round. Out of those players that came in for the workout, there were a few that could be intriguing options either late in the second-round if Boston trades in, or to sign after the draft is complete.
Russ Smith is the player that sticks out the most because of his accomplishments in college. However, he may not fit what Boston is looking for in a role player. Two other players seem like they could be better fits and that’s Semaj Christon from Xavier and Nick Johnson from Arizona.
Both players are athletic wings who not only can defend, but like to defend. Xavier Thames is another name that jumps out from the list as well for the same reasons.The question is, which of these guys will be available after the draft, and it seems that Thames may be the most likely candidate to be there after the second round is complete.
All-in-all it was intriguing to see who Boston brought in to work out for them and it is another indicator of the direction they are going in as a team.