NBA draft guru Jeff Goodman on Celtics: ‘I’d look at Dennis Schroeder or Shane Larkin at No. 16′
|06.06.13 at 5:33 pm ET|
After the Game of Thrones-esque series premiere of the Green Street podcast with likely top-10 pick Michael Carter-Williams, NBA draft guru Jeff Goodman joined Ben Rohrbach for Episode 2. For the complete interview, click here.
A former CBS Sports columnist recently hired by ESPN, Goodman knows the Celtics well as a native of the Boston area, and his draft knowledge is beyond reproach. Here are a couple highlights to wet your whistle for an interview that spans everything from potential steals to likely busts of the June 27 NBA draft.
On the draft: “It’s not bad in terms of depth. The problem is the top eight guys normally are guys who you think might be All-Stars, and I’m not sure you can say that about a single guy in this draft. That’s the biggest difference this year.
“There’s decent depth. In the thirties and forties, there’s similar talent level to what you had a year ago or two years ago. It’s really more the top-10 picks that you look at, and you go, ‘Eh, they’re all about the same.’ I don’t see a guy here that’s going to be a No. 1 or 2 guy on a team in the next five years.”
On the Celtics: ‘They need a little bit of everything. I could see them taking a kid like Dennis Schroeder — the point guard from Germany, who’s fast and athletic. He has a little bit of [Rajon] Rondo in him — the speed, the athleticism. He’s got some red flags from what I’m told as far as his personality is concerned, and he throws the ball around a little bit. He doesn’t always make great decisions.
“It’s funny, because Rondo is obviously that one solid guy that they have. Once he gets healthy, he comes back. [Paul] Pierce and [Kevin] Garnett, you don’t know. But, if you get a kid like Schroeder, and he turns out to be a top-five or top-10 point guard in the league, it would allow them to trade Rondo and not have to get another elite point guard back, which has been there issue over the last couple years when they’ve tried to deal him.’
Oh, and while you listen here are Goodman’s top players potentially available to the Celtics at each position.
Bigs: Steven Adams, Mason Plumlee, Kelly Olynyk, Gorgui Dieng
Wings: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Sergey Karasev, Allen Crabbe
Guards: C.J. McCollum, Schroeder, Shane Larkin
In the span of 40 minutes, Goodman touched on just about every question a Celtics fan could ask leading up to this month’s draft. Listen here to discover all the answers. All for the low, low price of zero dollars.