2013 NBA Draft: Who could be the next "big" thing for Boston?
This year's crop of college players is nothing to write home about, but there are some who could be decent role players for years to come. Boston needs size and a guard who can handle the ball. Luckily, there are plenty of players like that to choose from.
Here are some big men possibilities for the Celtics with the 16th overall pick.
Jeff Withey – C, Kansas, 23, 6'11”, 240 lbs.
Withey had a very nice senior year, averaging 13.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.9 bpg for the Jayhawks. He and his 7'3” wingspan would certainly be able to contribute right away on the defensive end. He is a little thin though and could have problems matching up with stronger big men.
Mason Plumlee – C, Duke, 23, 6'11”, 245 lbs.
Plumlee has a nice low-post game and is also an above-average post defender. He averaged 17.1 ppg and 10 rpg for the Blue Devils. While he probably won't ever be an All-Star, he might have too much talent to fall to 16, but if he's available the Celtics would be getting great value in Plumlee.
Kelly Olynyk – C, Gonzaga, 22, 7'0”, 238 lbs.
Olynyk averaged 17.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg for the Bulldogs in what was a coming out year for the wavy haired big man, helping lead the team to the top spot in the championship tournament. Olynyk is very skilled offensively, with a good mid-range shot and a good post game. He's not going to be the best athlete on the court, however, and what you see is what you are going to get with him as he doesn't figure to get much better than he already is.
Alex Len – C, Maryland, 19, 7'1”, 255 lbs.
Len was projected in some circles to be a top five pick, but after undergoing ankle surgery where he will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months, he could fall into the laps of the Celtics. Boston has a history of drafting hurt players with top talent (Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger) and Len would be another great pickup. The Ukrainian is strong and athletic. He can hit a mid-range jumper and is a decent defender. Len would be a great addition to the Celtics because he is a team first kind of guy who plays with passion.