10 Draft Targets That Make Perfect Sense for Boston Celtics

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10 Draft Targets That Make Perfect Sense for Boston Celtics
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The Celtics are looking at bigs. Plumlee and Dieng are high on that list.

Doc Rivers’ recent departure notwithstanding, the 2013 NBA draft will truly be the kickoff to an unpredictable Boston Celtics offseason.

At the moment, Boston owns just pick No. 16 in the June 27 event. Their second-rounder was shipped to the Portland Trail Blazers in last summer's deal for Courtney Lee.

With their lone pick, the Celtics will be entertaining the idea of drafting a big or possibly a point guard. The team was burned last season when Rajon Rondo suffered an ACL injury. They had no true backup, and a lack of ball-handling skill knocked them out in Round 1 of the postseason.

Their need for a big man is well-known. The Celtics went with two bigs in the first round a year ago. However, they managed to get only 51 total NBA games out of Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. Sullinger's back acted up mid-season, knocking him out for good, while Melo competed for much of the year in the D-League.

Backup Chris Wilcox is a free agent, and Shavlik Randolph holds a non-guaranteed offer. Kevin Garnett is where most eyes are turning, but he was on the trading block a week ago and may still be on his way out. This could leave undersized power forwards Sullinger and Brandon Bass as the only reliable bigs on the roster.

Luckily, the 2013 draft seems to be teeming with second-tier size. At No. 16, the big names will be off the board before the Celtics pick. However, there are a host of players who will slip down into their range. Most of these players have experience banging bodies in the paint, something the Celtics need in their middle. 

There are also a few talented point guards who would do well playing behind Rondo.

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