NBA Draft 2011 Team Needs: Boston Celtics' First-Round Options

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NBA Draft 2011 Team Needs: Boston Celtics' First-Round Options
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With the NBA Draft rapidly approaching, it's time to take a look at exactly what each NBA squad needs, with a look at which players they may go after. Free agency isn't in the equation, because much like the NFL's current state, the NBA is headed for a potential lockout, which would nullify discussion of free agency.

We'll get it rolling in the Eastern Conference with the Boston Celtics, who have the 25th-overall pick in the draft.

2011 Projected starting five:

PG: Rajon Rondo

SG: Ray Allen

SF: Paul Pierce

PF: Kevin Garnett

C: Jermaine O'Neal

Everyone knows the Boston Celtics need some serious help inside if they want to make a serious run at the NBA Finals next season, while a general talent and youth upgrade is badly needed for a quickly aging core.

Unless the front office decides that it's time to break up the "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, however, landing a big man has to be the top priority. The only problem is, they'll have to wait until the 25th selection in the first round to make their pick.

There is good news, though, as they'll have a few solid big men with some nice potential to take a look at.

Read on for a list of players the Celtics could go after in this year's draft.

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