The Boston Celtics entered the 2019-2020 draft with a lot of ammunition.
With three first-round picks, the Boston Celtics had the ability to move around in the draft. And move around they did.
Instead of using their 20th pick, trader Danny agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers that netted Boston the Sixers’ 24th and 33rd overall picks.
The Celtics then used their own 22nd overall selection to draft University of Tennessee forward Grant Williams. Hopefully, you didn’t think that trader Danny was done.
After another trade that sent the 24th overall pick to the Phoenix Suns, the pick they just received in a trade with the Sixers, the team actually used their next pick selecting Purdue guard Carsen Edwards 33rd overall.
You may remember Edwards from his historic performance in this year’s March Madness when he set the NCAA record for most three-pointers made in NCAA Tournament history.
Edwards saved his best performance for last putting up 42 points against the University of Virginia in the Elite 8. The newest member of the Boston Celtics hit 10 threes in the game and seemed to be the only player on Purdue that could score against the eventual champion’s stingy defense.
What the team is getting in Edwards is an incredibly athletic guard who matches up well with both 1 and 2-guards on the defensive end. Head coach Brad Stevens loves that kind of defensive versatility in his players.
Edwards will also provide scoring off the bench, something the team lacked late down the stretch this past season.
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With his ability to knock down the deep ball and guard effectively, Edwards certainly has the ability to earn himself a starting role on the team in the future. Getting a potential starter with the 33rd overall pick makes Carsen Edwards the steal of the 2019 NBA draft.