• Boston Celtics might have just found their big man target in Filipino prodigy Kai Sotto
  • Sotto decides to skip the NCAA to play in the NBA G-League
  • Sotto could be selected in the mid-first round of the 2021 NBA Draft

The Boston Celtics are raring to have a reliable big man to complement their promising line up. And after a series of exhausting pursuit, the C’s might have just found their target –7’2 Filpino prospect Kai Sotto.

The Celtics could join the growing revolution of teams going after hybrid big men like Sotto, who just announced his decision to join a select team in the NBA G-League for next season.

Besides the expected emergence of a more solid Asian fanbase, considering the 18-year-old center makes a lot of sense for Boston, given the team’s lack of interior presence.

“Sotto is the name that could be of most interest to Boston Celtics fans. While he has the potential to be the most dominant of the bunch. he comes from a more uncertain background, hoping to be the first Philippines-born NBA player,” Andrew Hughes of Fansided’s Hardwood Houdini wrote.

“Adding a cheap young prodigy at the center position would be ideal for the Boston Celtics,” he added. “With Kemba Walker penciled in as the franchise point guard for the next few years, and a combination of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and (ideally) Romeo Langford at on the wings, the center position could use a long-term cornerstone.”

Sotto’s skillset has a mix of some vintage and modern type of big man play: crafty post moves, superb footwork, and a decent outside shooting which could eventually shape him to become a match-up nightmare when he steps into the NBA.

With vigorous training, top-level competition, and even the chance to play alongside other five-star prospects – namely, Jalen Green, Daishen Nix, and Isaiah Todd - the sky’s definitely the limit for the Filipino prodigy.

“Now I have to take the next big step towards my NBA dream. We have many options available but after much thought, I believe this option is the best route for me to get closer and faster to that dream,” wrote Sotto on his official announcement on Wednesday, as he justified his decision to skip the NCAA to go pro.

With the Celtics having the luxury of future draft picks and other rising talents in their possession, it would be easier for Danny Ainge and his staff to devise the blueprint to acquire Sotto, who, barring any more contingent situations, could be selected mid-first round in the 2021 NBA Draft.

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15 Kai Zachary Sotto (PHI) - UAE v Philippines, 2018 FIBA U19 Asian Championship, Bangkok - Bangkok Thai-Japan Youth Center (Thailand), Group Phase, 6 August 2018