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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SG Rawle Alkins, Arizona

Rawle Alkins is a player that could sneak into the late first round, or end up as a mid-second rounder. He’s a pure scorer, though he never really has the chance to shine thanks to all of the talents on Arizona’s roster. He’s out to begin his sophomore season with a leg injury, but he will be back and he’ll show why he could be a first-round pick. Alkins draws comparisons to Tyreke Evans or Lance Stephenson.

F Emmanuel Akot, Arizona

Alkins’ teammate Emmanuel Akot is just a freshman, and it’s not yet known whether he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. If he does, it will be because he had the chance to really show what he can do as a player and is projected to be a first-round pick.

Akot is just 18 years old, as he reclassified for the class of 2017 to be able to play for the Wildcats this season. He’s going to have to fight to earn his minutes as Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins, De’Andre Ayton, Keanu Pinder, Ira Lee, and Brandon Randolph all play the 2 through 4 spots as well. The 6’8″ forward from Canada has averaged 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists through Arizona’s first two games. He’s a real 3-point threat as well, shooting 42.9% from behind the arc.