Boston Celtics 2018 NBA Draft targets: Bigs and wings both in the mix

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Rawle Alkins
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Rawle Alkins /
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C De’Andre Ayton, Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats have played just a pair of games so far, but freshman De’Andre Ayton looks like the real deal. He’s averaging 19 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game in 31.5 minutes played.

What’s surprising about Ayton so far is that he’s been able to get into a rhythm so quickly, even though the ball is more often in the hands of Arizona’s star guard Allonzo Trier. Boston is set on scoring it seems, with Kyrie Irving and the breakthroughs of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. They’ll also have Gordon Hayward back next year, oh and Al Horford is no slouch either. A big man with this kind of offensive skill could be just what Boston is looking for. His rebounding ability should also set him apart, and on a Boston Celtics team with no glaring needs, De’Andre Ayton would be a perfect fit.