Following a rare losing season (25-57 overall), the Celtics can take a big step in their rebuild with these two selections in a deep and rich draft class.
We'll know exactly who the Celtics will come away with this Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Keep it locked here on NBA draft night for timely updates and analysis of all the Celtics' picks.
Update: No. 17 pick, First Round, 9:26 p.m. (ET)
Celtics select James Young, G/F, Kentucky (6'6", 215 lbs)
Another star freshman from Kentucky, Young brings a dose of athleticism to the Boston backcourt.
Young can play shooting guard or small forward and possesses a 7'0" wingspan with a 35.5 inch vertical.
Young probably has the most upside of the remaining candidates, and should be a nice backup to Jeff Green and Marcus Smart in Boston. Still just 18, he averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 34.9 percent from deep as a freshman with the Wildcats.
One could say with this draft, the Celtics have gotten much Young(er) and Smart(er) already.
Update: No. 6 pick, First Round, 8:12 p.m. (ET)
Celtics select Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (6'4", 220 lbs)
Boston took Smart, who could have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft had he declared.
Smart excels as a playmaker, creating for himself and others, and will likely start at shooting guard for the Celtics from day one.
This past season as a sophomore with the Cowboys, Smart averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. While he's not a great shooter (29.9 percent from three), Smart is an excellent on-ball defender who should fit in well with Rajon Rondo in the Celtics backcourt.
While this may stir up some Rondo trade rumors, Smart has the size to play shooting guard and is more of a scorer. Boston could easily keep both together.
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