With the Celtics entering an uncertain offseason, Danny Ainge had himself an interesting evening calling the shots at the 2019 NBA Draft.
In between a pair of trades, the Celtics went with Grant Williams out of Tennessee at No. 22, a solid post scorer who can rebound and defend, but will probably need to round out his skillset for the modern NBA without much of 3-point shot or individual shot creation.
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards came off the board at 33, as the Celtics went with a smaller point guard with electric scoring potential. Edwards rose to fame during this NCAA Tournament in March when he torched eventual champs Virginia, pouring in 42 points and hitting 10 threes against one of the best defenses in the country.
Tremont Waters was the Celtics’ final pick at No. 51, an LSU product even smaller than Edwards at just 5-foot-11. A slick point guard, Waters makes the most of his size, and was First Team All-SEC this season.
Boston made four selections in all, three guards and a forward, two Big Ten products and two SEC guys, as well as two trades and the clearing of $5.4 million in cap space.