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CelticsBlog Roundtable: who should the Celtics target with their three 2nd rounders?

With the new CBA adding two-way contracts to a team’s roster and the G-League becoming an avenue to develop players, nailing these second round picks has become a vital piece in franchise building.

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Keith Smith: Alec Peters of Valparaiso. He's a good shooting big who projects as a stretch 4 in the NBA. Given the Celtics will likely need to fill out the rotation, Peters could come in and give the team a lot of what they got from Jonas Jerebko the last few years.

Alex Kungu: Ivan Rabb from Cal. For those of you who watched Jaylen Brown in college the name should be familiar, Rabb was the focal point of that Cal team, and had he came out last year, may have gone on the first round. Most are now projecting him to be a second round talent, and I think if he falls to the Celtics they should absolutely pick him for two reasons; Rebounding and post-scoring.

I know, I know, new NBA, more versatility, less dinosaurs. But I think it’s worth noting that the regular season and the playoffs are two different beasts that need to be addressed accordingly. The playoffs are all about matchups and situation basketball that ultimately favor versatile players who can fit in those many situations. Then there’s the regular season, which is simply a marathon where teams try to preserve their guys while jockeying for playoff position. Teams aren’t game planning for you on a nightly basis, and slow-footed bigs aren’t constantly exploited whenever they step on the court. Rabb could be a 2nd unit big who comes in for maybe 10 minutes a night and provides you with a big that can rebound on both ends, finish in the post and draw fouls, and could turn into a solid rim deterrent if he takes notes from the Roy Hibbert verticality school.

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He won’t be a pick that might turn into a star, and hey, he might even end up being a Greg Monroe. But in the second round, if you can get a guy you can envision giving a role to from day one, you do it.

Jeff Clark: (loads up DraftExpress) Let's see, how about Isaiah Hartenstien? He's a huge 7 footer that is playing Internationally that can likely be stashed for a year or more. Not sure if we need any 2nd round rookies on the team next year, so it is worth taking a flyer on a "can't teach height" kind of kid.

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Cort Reynolds: Two big men with potential and ability.

Josh Hawkinson (Washington State) 6-10 245 Sr.: 15.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 83.3% FT, 53.1 FG%

Thomas Bryant (Indiana) 6-11 So.: high motor, can shoot outside, career 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 37% 3pters, 59 FG%, 71 FT%

Another big guy undergrad who pulled his name out of the draft but is someone to watch as an under the radar big guy next year is junior to be Drew Eubanks of Oregon State. Good skill and athleticism, very underrated player on a bad team. He averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as a soph, shot 58.7 percent from the field. Plays with a little chip on his shoulder, a lot like Zach Collins of Gonzaga but not quite as good yet.

A few other possible 2nd round steals:

Tyler Lydon stretch 4 from Syracuse can shoot well from deep, long arms, good rebounder, can block shots, solid athlete

Frank Mason PG from Kansas undersized but skilled, big heart clever driver, very strong

Nigel Williams-Goss G Gonzaga versatile, skilled combo guard

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Bobby Manning: I'm big on Tyler Lydon if he falls to the 2nd round because he could fill the Jonas Jerebko role effectively if the C's let him go this summer. He comes with defensive questions, given the 2-3 zone Syracuse plays, but he molded out a role by being able to play multiple positions and hit outside shots.

If the Celtics simply want to dig deep into the draft and find a rebounder, given that roster weakness, Caleb Swanigan pulled in monsterous amounts of boards at Purdue.

Lachlan Marr: If he's still available at 37 then I've got my eye on Jonah Bolden, an Australian (always a plus) and a capable forward who took an unconventional route to the draft leaving UCLA to play in Serbia where he earned acclaim performing at a high level in the Adriatic League. But there's been a bit of buzz about the until recently overlooked Aussie so it wouldn't surprise me if someone snags him ahead of the Celtics.

I also like Caleb Swanigan and Josh Hart but fear they too will be taken before the Celtics get their chance in the second round. So dipping deeper into the draft I like the look of Sindarius Thornwell, a versatile defensive type who fits the with the Celtics identity and mindset. For similar reasons I would also take a punt on Ben Moore, a hustle forward with defensive gusto. This is in the case that the Celtics still have picks available deep into the draft and don't trade away their second rounders.

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