There’s sometimes a difference between prospects who can help make a bad team less bad overnight and prospects who need time to develop. Different environments spawn different objectives.
The Boston Celtics, a team that’d like their rebuild to take as little time as possible, are less concerned with the difference between a prospect with a limited ceiling and a full-blown project. They just want the best player available.
Here are five college stars who, if taken at No. 6 or 17, should be able to step right in and make a positive difference. Each won’t be the best player they can be in year one, but they’re ready for the NBA right now, with skills and strengths that translate against stiffer competition.
The five are ranked by how good their rookie year can be.