Guys, tonight's the night that we've been waiting for. Tonight is the night the Boston Celtics make a decision in the 2014 NBA Draft that will change the landscape of the franchise forever. Whether they draft two players or trade the picks, the course of history will be decided by their decisions.
For months, I've been writing articles and scouting the draft, detailing each player as much as I can in order to prepare all you fans and readers for tonight. I think Celtics fans -- no, Boston sports fans in general -- are probably the most knowledgeable fans in the entire country. Not because we'd score higher on an IQ test, but because of our passion and dedication. We love the Celtics. We Bleed Green.
When I write, it's not often that "the fan in me" comes out, but I had to because today is an important day. I do what I can to be as objective as possible when it comes to assessing the draft and I think I did a good job of that considering the positive response to my 2014 NBA Draft Guide. I seriously can't thank you enough for purchasing it, whether you spent 1 cent or $10, or even for just leaving positive comments, the important thing is that you're reading. Really, thank you.
With that said, we have business to attend to. After months of scouting the 2014 NBA Draft, I have prepared the final version of my big board. This is the sixth version, and you can view the previous inclinations of it by clicking the links below. Please note that the fifth version of my board is only available in my Draft Guide, which you can check out by clicking here.
The "analysis" on this version is far different than the others, as I will really only be offering my final overall thoughts on each player. For more in-depth analysis, check out some of the articles "embedded" on the page, look at the past versions of my big boards, or name your price for my 2014 NBA Draft Guide.
Keep in mind that this is not a mock draft, this only details where I personally rank each player. With that said, here's my final top 30 big board for the 2014 NBA Draft:
Reasoning: Jabari Parker moves up to #1 because of the injury to Joel Embiid, but it's well deserved because I have confidence that he'll be able to develop into a productive go-to scorer. The concerns about his defense are legitimate, but he's close to a sure thing on the offensive end of the floor as far as I'm concerned.
Reasoning: Wiggins has stayed relatively constant on my board throughout the year, hovering between #2 and #4; today he settles into the #2 spot. It might take the right situation for him to reach his full potential on offense, which is why I have him behind Parker, but he's ahead of Embiid because of the lack of injury concern surrounding him.
Reasoning: I can't drop Joel Embiid too far down my board. He's been #1 since late January and I'm not about to slide him too far despite the injuries. I'm certainly not a doctor and from all the reports I read, it seems realistic that he'll be fine since he's only 20-years-old and the team that drafts him will not rush him back. I am less certain about him, but there is no other player in this draft that has the potential of being a star on both end of the floor like Embiid does.
The Next Five
Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse: Grant has fantastic potential on the defensive end, but his stock is dropping for a reason: he doesn't do very much on offense and his jumper is a mess.
Rodney Hood, F, Duke: I know Hood can shoot the lights out, but he won't earn serious playing time unless he brings something else, and he doesn't rebound or defend. He's a pretty good passer, but his dribbling is very poor, so he won't be able to create space unless that improves.
Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan: GR3 does everything well and could be one of the steals of this year's draft class. If it were a "normal" year, he'd be picked smack in the middle of the first round.
C.J. Wilcox, G, Washington: You've got to love his skills as a shooter, because he's already a pro at being able to create space without the ball in his hands. If he were a little younger, he'd be a mid first rounder.
James Young, F, Kentucky: Young has potential as a scorer but he needs to add more to his game, like some semblance of effort on the defensive end of the floor.