Celtics 2022 NBA Mock Draft: Roundup of B/R Staff, Expert Picks | Bleacher Report

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    Barring a trade, the Boston Celtics have a chance to get it right during the 2022 NBA draft.

    And this chance only comes with the 53rd pick. If you think of draft picks as dart throws, Boston is essentially blindfolded and throwing from across the parking lot.

    Still, miracles happen every now and then. With the right mix of foresight and luck, the Shamrocks could make this pick a helpful part of the roster.

    To find out who that prospect might be, we dig into three expert mocks for their take on the Celtics pick.

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    Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman seems to think the Celtics need more size, and he’s not the only one.

    This isn’t an obvious need from a quick glance at the list, but digging a little deeper brings it to the surface. Robert Williams III is short (6’8″, 237 lbs) and often injured. Al Horford is 36 years old. Grant Williams is shorter than Robert (6’6″) and only signed next season. Daniel Theis couldn’t crack the finals rotation.

    If all of this has Boston thinking big on draft night, then Wasserman sees them picking the 6’11” Moussa Diabate.

    The 20-year-old has length and energy for days, and he’s an athlete good enough to score over the edge and protect him on defence. He needs to get stronger and hone his offensive skills, but for someone his size, he has really intriguing holds and midrange touch.

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    In a perfect world, Boston uses that pick to bolster a bench group that was virtually useless by the end of the finals.

    During the Celtics’ season-ending loss in Game 6, only three reserves recorded more than trash time minutes: Grant Williams, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard. Williams had the best plus/minus at minus-18 in 16 minutes. It was brutal.

    The Celtics have a particular need for forward depth, and Sporting News’ Kyle Irving addressed it with Jabari Walker.

    His breakthrough sophomore season with the Buffaloes put him on the NBA radar and he was able to ride that wave into the second round.

    The 19-year-old is a good shot when he’s on his feet, his nearly 7ft wingspan helps him cover tremendous ground on defense and he has instincts to be a true defensive playmaker.

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    What’s the old saying about big heads?

    Anyway, if Jeremy Woo from sports illustrated taunted himself by two rounds, he also had Boston going with Diabate.

    While that doesn’t mean this pick is now written in Sharpie, it’s always helpful to spot trends during the pre-design process, and if nothing else, it suggests the Shamrocks could well be in the mid-market.

    The idea of ​​what Diabate could become remains far more interesting than the player he is right now, but that’s true of most draft prospects. Plus, its length and motor alone could help it handle a low-maintenance reel.

    Physically, he has a similarly long and lean physique to a young Kevin Garnett, and the Frenchman called Garnett one of his basketball role models. That doesn’t mean Boston is on the verge of getting KG 2.0 anytime soon, but its embrace of the perimeter could one day produce impressively versatile abilities.

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