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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G Grayson Allen, Duke

Grayson Allen is the closest thing college basketball has to a villain right now. We have all seen the tripping videos, and his immaturity at times, but the guard from Duke can really play too.

The Blue Devils have played just 3 games this season, but one of those came against the #2 Michigan State Spartans. In that game, Allen played all 40 minutes with 37 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. He was 7-11 from 3 as well. Boston would learn to love Grayson Allen if he’s able to score like that in the NBA.

G De’Anthony Melton, USC

Sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton from USC is an option at the end of the first round. He hasn’t played yet this season, but as a freshman last year Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1 block per game. If he can improve upon those numbers even just slightly this season, he’ll be in this conversation.

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The Boston Celtics have a lot of options in the upcoming NBA Draft, and who knows, they may even trade the picks they do have. For now, I’m still holding on to some hope that Boston gets that Lakers pick and is able to select a player like De’Andre Ayton, Michael Porter Jr., or Marvin Bagley. They should also be able to add even more young depth to this squad with their late first round pick. Of course, as a University of Arizona student, I may be a little biased, but I’d love to see them draft Rawle Alkins or Emmanuel Akot. Pair one of them back up with Ayton and the Celtics will be set for years to come.