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2020 Celtics Draft Picks

Aaron Nesmith

The Celtics came into the 2020 Draft among the top of the rumor mill concerning trading their draft picks for players or better picks. At the end of the night, only one out of the original four picks were traded. So Boston had a total of three picks, two in the first round and one in the second round. Lets dive into their selections.

Pick 14: Aaron Nesmith

Although the Celtics were involved in a lot of trade rumors with the 14th overall pick, they decided not to trade the pick and select a college prospect. That prospect was Aaron Nesmith from Vanderbilt. Nesmith is considered the best shooter in the entire draft class. In his sophomore year, he averaged 23 points per game while shooting 52% from three and 51% overall from the field. 

Nesmith will most likely start the year coming off the bench for the Celtics while providing some much-needed bench scoring. The 6’6” small forward averaged less than an assist a game at Vandy, so it’s unlikely you will see him provide a lot of playmaking. Boston is hoping that Nesmith will provide the scoring that they thought they were drafting in Carsen Edwards in the 2019 Draft. The Celtics bench now has a lot of young players with good potential: Romeo Langford, Robert Williams, Grant Williams, and now Aaron Nesmith. Boston got lucky with this pick considering a lot of mock drafts had Nesmith going before pick 14.

Pick 26: Payton Pritchard

With the Celtics second first-round pick, they selected former Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard, in his senior season for the Ducks, he averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game while bringing home some hardware. He won the Pac-12 player of the year award and the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the top collegiate point guard. Pritchard was also selected as an All-American. 

The 6’2” guard will most likely fill in free agent Brad Wannamaker’s spot as the backup point guard and provide some scoring and defense to help out an already solid young bench. 

Pick 47: Yam Madar

With the Celtics only second-round pick, they selected Yam Madar from Israel. The point guard averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Madar also played with lottery pick Deni Avdija for the Israeli national team. The 6’3” guard is a good defender and passer and will provide even more depth at point guard but will also probably see some time playing for the Celtics G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. 

Overview:

The Celtics had a pretty good draft and filled in some needs for the roster, specifically bench scoring. The only thing widely expected of them that they didn’t do was draft a big man. Although they didn’t pick a big man in the draft, it is still likely that they will either make a trade for a big with good size and rebounding ability, or they will pick someone similar in free agency which begins on Friday. 

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