The NBA Draft is tomorrow night, and it’s no surprise that Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics have been active in trying to move up in the draft. There are a few options for them, but it all comes down to the price and who they’d have to give up.
If the Celtics pull off a trade for a top-6 pick in tomorrow’s draft, there’s only one person they should have in mind with that pick: Onyeka Okongwu.
After hours of watching Onyeka Okongwu highlights, I have come to the conclusion that the Boston Celtics should absolutely trade up to draft him. I’ve seen enough to know that the 19-year-old big man from USC has what it takes to be an immediate impact player in the NBA, and especially on the Boston Celtics.
If I’m being real, I think Okongwu will end up being one of the best players to come out of this draft. He’s quick, explosive, can finish at the rim with ease, and, most importantly, can rebound and block.
Okongwu is an absolute stud on the defensive side of the court, but he’s pretty talented on the offensive side too. He has an effective post-game where he takes advantage of his opponent using his size and ability to jump through the roof. Once he gets to the NBA and adds more muscle and gets stronger, he will start dominating the post.
Onyeka isn’t a player that’ll step outside and take a few threes a game, but that’s something that can develop over time. He already has a mid-range game, which is an excellent sign that he can expand his range over the next few years, especially if he plays in Boston. Brad Stevens will have him take multiple threes a game by the end of next year.
The 6’9 prospect averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 1.2 steals while shooting nearly 62% from the field his freshman year. The kid has it all, and as he gets older and starts to perfect his skill set, he’s going to be a problem for a long time.
Above all else, he fits the Celtics’ timeline perfectly. Onyeka is only a few years younger than the Jays, but they would all compliment each other so well. Onyeka can run the floor with the two and would be a great pick and roll partner. He won’t take any shots away from them, but he can get his own when he needs to.
The idea of having Onyeka Okongwu on the Celtics is mouthwatering. Would it take a handful of picks and potentially trading Gordon Hayward to make it happen? Probably, but that’s a trade I’d be willing to make at this point.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to keep Hayward around, but everybody has a price. Plus, if he wants out, I’m totally open to sending him away, especially if it means Boston can draft an uber-talented prospect like Onyeka.
Every draft, there’s always one player that I fall in love with and wish the Celtics could’ve drafted. Last year it was Tyler Herro, and this year it’s Onyeka Okongwu. I don’t know if Danny Ainge can or will pull the trigger, but if he can, he should.
Onyeka Okongwu is going to be a star.
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