The prospect of raising banner 18 was put on hiatus until the 2009 season. The Boston Celtics—without Kevin Garnett—came within a game seven of making it back to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers did an admirable job of getting the most out of the players, with second round picks Leon Powe and Glen Davis developing into valuable role-players.
This year because of the Kevin Garnett deal the Celtics are faced with signing free-agents or undrafted prospects, and the 58th pick in the second round.
Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen have all been linked with trade rumors in the Celtics quest for a first round pick.
The only name not mentioned is Glen Davis, and that may be because he has not started negotiations with other teams. What is Davis worth? He may be worth anywhere from picks 11-15.
The Celtics need immediate help at the four and five spot.
Players that may be available are: Austin Daye, B.J. Mullens, Earl Clark and Tyler Hansborough. Some draft boards have Daye taken ahead of Hansborough who is the more celebrated player. Daye is 6'10", has a nice shooting touch but has no bulk. He has Garnett's build but has a better jump shot.
KG could take him under his wing but he is not someone you can build a team around. Trading up may not be the wisest choice and keeping Davis can only help.
The Celtics do have options with the 58th pick.
Leo Lyons Missouri 6'9"- He can face up and take his man off the dribble. According to Hollinger's formula Lyons ranked fourth per 100 possessions and third in free throws ahead of Dejuan Blair, Jordan Hill and Earl Clark.
Jeff Adrienne 6'6"-The Celtics don't need another undersized power forward, but he does have a 7'4" wingspan. Plus it would be a great story of a hometown boy who makes his pro debut on local sports team.
Chris Johnson 6'11' - Great instincts under the board, needs to add weight.
If the Celtics do keep this pick, Leo Lyons seems to be a good fit.
He already has an offensive game and it is predicated on taking it to the basket. His coach was a disciple of Nolan Richardson's 40 minutes of Hell school of defense. Lyons could be that athletic James Posey type they can groom.
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