Monthly look at Celtics potential 2019 first-round draft picks - Pt. 1
On or about the 10th of every month, up until draft night, I will be posting on the up-to-date status of the Celtics potential four first-round draft picks.
Here are the picks currently owned by the Boston Celtics in the first round: Philadelphia/Sacramento: top-1 protected
Memphis: top-8 protected
LA Clippers: top-14 protected
Boston: their own pick
As of today, Boston would get Sacramento's pick at roughly #20. They would get the Memphis pick at about #21, the Clipper's at #18 and their own at #19. So they get the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st picks - four picks in a row. But that will surely change.
The Celtics can expect to end up drafting in the 25-30 range by draft night. The Kings seem to be overachieving early-on, but that pick might be expected to end up in the early-to-mid-lottery range - ideally at #2 for Boston's sake.
Memphis has a 6-4 record, but their yearly injury bug has not struck yet. Mid-to-late lottery may be their ending point with #9 being the ideal set-up for Boston. The Clippers can't be expected to have their record drop by much, although the pick is top-14 protected and they could use the choice in their rebuild.
Look for my December 10th update of the Celtics 2019 draft status.
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