Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are the shiniest gems in this summer’s NBA draft to most scouts and fans everywhere. With the NBA draft lottery process not guaranteeing even the worst teams in the NBA the top pick, it will be impossible to land any of these players without a concrete top-3 pick. The Celtics are in the lottery no matter how the rest of the season plays out, but they have a 2nd first round pick courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets in case anybody has forgotten. If the season had ended today, the Celtics will be set to select 18th overall in the first round this summer on top of their lottery pick.
I have been hearing this college prospect’s name all over the place besides the mock drafts. North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren has struck the attention of the Celtics’ scouting and media personnel. I began to research this player more once I heard about him and I’ve been very impressed with his performance this season. Warren can play both the small and power forward positions and he is a pure scorer. He has averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season at NC State. Warren actually beat out Jabari Parker for ACC Player of the Year this year as well, very commendable.
T.J. Warren’s ceiling is comparable to DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors because of he ability to just score at will and do a lot of little but effective things on the floor. Warren may not win many dunk contests, but he just knows how to just flat out score. In the month of February, Warren put up 34 points against Wake Forrest, 31 points against Virginia Tech, 27 against Miami and 23 against Syracuse. Warren’s ability to run the floor well and get himself into a groove in games really triggers his endless capability to score regularly and often.
According to DraftExpress.com, T.J. Warren is expected to be selected at exactly the 18th pick where the Celtics would be selecting coincidentally. Finding another wing scorer will be one of a few tasks for the Celtics this summer and Warren will be a nice option for the Celtics to find immediate scoring. T.J. Warren could fit into any role on this young team and will be a great complementary piece for Rajon Rondo when they run the floor to find quick scoring.
T.J. Warren is the type of the player that the Celtics should highly consider and I hope to see him in Waltham soon for the pre-draft workouts.