2013 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects Who Make the Most Sense for the Boston Celtics

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2013 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects Who Make the Most Sense for the Boston Celtics
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Two potential draft picks for the Boston Celtics, Gorgui Dieng and Mason Plumlee, battle during the NCAA tournament.

This offseason will be crucial for Boston Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge. The team is going through a transition period with both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce nearing retirement.

Last draft, the Celtics took Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo with back-to-back picks. Sullinger showed a lot of promise before his back surgery sidelined him for the season, but Fab Melo has been slow to develop. I expect the Celtics will take a long look at the true centers and power forwards in this draft despite last year's selections because, let's face it, you can never have enough size.

Rajon Rondo is the only true point guard on the Celtics. Besides that, Boston has a plethora of combo guards, including Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley.

Bradley has not taken the strides needed this year to prove that he can be a true point guard, and his offensive play has also severely digressed since Rondo got injured. I think the Celtics will also take a look at point guards in this draft.

The Celtics can't ignore the small forward position, either. Jeff Green is the likely starter for the future, but once Paul Pierce moves on, the team will need another player to satisfy the backup small forward position. I think they would look for a player that can bring flexibility, like Green, with the ability to play multiple positions.

Based on the Celtics' potential draft position, which is between #15 and #24, here is is a list of players that fit Boston's needs.

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