Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics are still trying to get back to the
glory days. Boston’s head of basketball operations Danny Ainge is still
trying to build a winner around Paul Pierce, who averaged 25.0 points, 5.9
rebounds and 4.1 assists in 47 games last season.

The Celtics had the second worst record in the league in 2006-07, as they
finished with a dismal 24-58 record. Unfortunately for Boston, it fell in the
lottery and will pick No. 5 and won’t have the opportunity to add Greg Oden or
Kevin Durant.

Forward Al Jefferson had a breakout campaign, as he posted 16.0 points and
11.0 boards in 69 contests this past season, while guard Delonte West
registered 12.2 points and a club-high 4.4 assists. Ryan Gomes also had a
solid showing, as he netted 12.1 and pulled down 5.6 rebounds.

There is some young talent on the Celtics roster, but its just not good
enough. Pierce and Jefferson are the building blocks, and they need more help.
The fifth pick will land a starting big man for the Celtics. The 6-10
Jefferson will most likely see some time in the middle during the upcoming
season.

Boston would be thrilled if Florida’s Al Horford and North Carolina’s Brandan
Wright are still around at No. 5. Both players would help immediately. China’s
Yi Jianlian is also a possibility, but the Celtics may not want to take a
chance on him.

Head coach Doc Rivers will get some help from the draft, but its just not
going to be what the Celtics were hoping for when they listened to the results
of the draft lottery on May 22nd. However, a blockbuster trade for an
established NBA All-Star could be in the works. The fifth overall selection is
a nice asset to have, and would most definitely be part of any such deal.

Key Player(s): Tony Allen (Guard), Ryan Gomes (Forward), Gerald Green
(Guard), Al Jefferson (Forward), Kendrick Perkins (Center), Paul Pierce
(Forward/Guard), Rajon Rondo (Guard), Wally Szczerbiak (Forward), Delonte West
(Guard).

Team Needs: Help in the frontcourt, low-post scorer, rebounding and toughness
down low.

Draft picks: 1st round (5th overall), 2nd round (32nd overall).

BOS