Top Five Boston Celtics Draft Picks: Post-2000

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Apr 26, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center

Al Jefferson

(25) goes up for a shot during the second half against the Miami Heat in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

3. Al Jefferson – 2004, Round 1, Pick 15

Many would have Mr. Jefferson a bit higher on this list, but his game still has a few areas where much work needs to be done. He did indirectly help Boston win a title as the main piece of the Kevin Garnett trade, but unhike one of the guys ahead of him, he wasn’t part of a championship squad. Jefferson is great on the right block, and his shooting range is getting a bit more expansive. However, he still struggles on the defensive end, though his head coach Steve Clifford is making some progress with the big man. I can see Jefferson being the best player on this list when his career is over, but only time will tell.