Breaking down the Celtics NBA Draft
The Boston Celtics participated in the NBA Draft Thursday night and as of early Friday morning, they had made some interesting moves
Now, that might change, but we're going off of what we have available in terms of data at this given moment in time. They could still make more deals, but we're just gonna quickly sum up what they did last night.
They made a couple of trades. The C's traded the 20th overall pick of the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for picks No. 24 and 33.
Were the Celtics done from there? Absolutely not. They shipped off the 24th pick and Aaron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns (also known as the P H X) in exchange for the Milwaukee Bucks' 2020 first round pick.
Puzzling move? Yes. The Bucks beat the Celtics in the playoffs last season, so they have a great team and that could end up being a lower pick next season. That had some folks riled up. But if you think about it, this was kind of a salary dump for the Celtics, shedding the $5.4 million or so they owed Baynes to not do very much for them.
Alright, so let's run down the picks the C's did make (and keep):
Romeo Langford -- A five-star recruit, the C's drafted this Indiana one-and-done 14th overall. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard averaged 16.5 points per game with 5.4 rebounds as a freshman.
Grant Williams -- Picked 22nd overall, the 6-foor-7 power forward won back-to-back SEC Player of the Year Awards. He spent three years at Tennessee. He put up 18.8 points per game with 7.5 rebounds this season.
Carsen Edwards -- The two-time All-American and 6-foot-1 point guard struggled shooting (.393 field goal percentage), but still averaged 24.3 points per game last year at Purdue.
Tremont Waters -- The Connecticut native and 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 15.3 points per game and 2.8 steals this past season.