• The Boston Celtics are currently third in the Eastern Conference Standings 
  • They have the potential to get deeper in the upcoming draft
  • Patrick Williams is an option for the Celtics

The Boston Celtics are in the third seed of the Eastern Conference powered by their renewed lineup. The exit of Kyrie Irving brought in All-Star guard Kemba Walker into the squad’s lineup. The team led by Walker and the Celtics’ rising stars have propelled Boston as a high-ranked contender for the title.

The season continues to be on hold due to the coronavirus global pandemic. The games are most likely to return in a few months at around mid-to-late June. While the wait is happening, scouts continue to assess possible situations to boost their team’s rosters in the coming years.

The upcoming NBA Draft doesn’t have a clear consensus on the first pick. 2020 features a very different mock draft board unlike what happened to Zion Williamson’s year. But that doesn’t mean that the class isn’t filled with valuable talent. The Celtics currently have the 17th pick in the first round and are seeking to use it on a quality player who can add the additional boost that their team will benefit from.

The team is now relying on the meteoric rise of Jayson Tatum as a key part of their offense. The All-Star duo of Tatum and Walker lead the offensive role of the Celtics and are reinforced by veteran Gordon Hayward. Jaylen Brown has also picked up the pace in this season as he’s averaging around 20 points an outing. Marcus Smart is one of their best defenders and would need an additional spark of energy on both sides of the floor.

With this, the Celtics are a possible team for Florida State's Patrick Williams. Williams has shown flashes of brilliance in his collegiate career. The six-foot-eight forward may only average 9.2 points per outing but his potential is evident. He has the ability to shoot from beyond the arc and has the shooting form to develop into something more effective. He averaged 84% from the free-throw line and tallied a block and a steal per game.

The athleticism he brings to the court can serve as a strong asset for the Celtics in years to come.

2019 NBA Draft Board
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Getty Images/Sarah Stier