Ranking Every Team's First Round Draft Pick of the 2010s (Pt.2 Boston Celtics)

This is the second part of my 30 part series where I will rank every teams ability to draft this past decade. Part 1 was the Hawks, so if you haven't already make sure to go check it out.


2010: Avery Bradley (#19)



Grade: C+

Avery Bradley seemed like he was going to be the next deadeye 3 & D player after he broke out in 2013. He was playing better and better each year until he got traded from Boston to Detroit. He played well in Detroit though. He played 40 games for them, and averaged 15 points, three rebounds and two assists. That same season, Detroit traded away Bradley to the Clipper's where he would never be the same player he once was. In 2020, Bradley plays a solid role in the Lakers rotation averaging about nine points a game in 20 min. He plays good defense and could help the Laker's out this postseason in Orlando if he decided to play. The Lakers can still make a deep playoff run without Bradley though.

Career averages: 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists


2011: MarShon Brooks (#25) (Rights traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the draft rights of JaJuan Johnson)




Grade: F


MarShon Brooks had a solid career, unlike JaJuan Johnson. Johnson only played one year in the NBA. This trade on paper seemed like a steal for the Celtics, after Johnson averaged 20+ points per game at Purdue during his final season. His success though, never transferred to the NBA. He only played 36 games in Boston and only averaged 3.2 points per game. On the other half of this trade, Brooks averaged 12+ points a game during his rookie season, and rapidly declined season by season. At least he was able to play multiple seasons, and even went on a 7 game streak with the Grizzlies at one point where he averaged 20.1 points, and 3 assists and rebounds on 50% shooting.


Career averages: 3.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists



2012: Jared Sullinger (#21)



Grade: C+


Sullinger played with the Celtics for four seasons, and played well. He averaged double-digits three out of the four times. One season, he averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists. He seemed to be on the right track. His numbers the next season were very similar as well. He averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and an assist. Two years later he was traded to the Toronto Raptors and retired after that season. Im giving Sullinger a C+ because when he played, he seemed like he was going to be good with Boston for years to come, but it was cut short.


Career averages: 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists


2013: Lucas Nogueira (#16) (Draft rights traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the draft rights for Kelly Olynyk)



Grade: C


This trade doesn't really affect the Celtics that much. Kelly Olynyk only played for them for four years, and his ten points and five rebounds per game never really amounted to anything. Now, on a contending team, Olynyk plays an important role for the Miami Heat. He's a consistent shooter and can play rebound well over people smaller than him.


Career averages: 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists


2014: Marcus Smart (#6) and James Young (#17)



Grades: B+ and F


Marcus Smart right now, is a B+ for me. He plays a really good game of basketball, and fits all the needs the Celtics need, especially defensively. He's one of the best guards in the NBA right now defensively, and I believe he should be in the running for DPOY, but he is often overlooked due to his limited role with the Celtics. He typically switches off starting at shooting guard with Jaylen Brown. Brown, is now an All-Star caliber player so we might see his role with the Celtics etg even smaller in years to come. However, he is still a great presence for the Celtics, and could help them win in the future.


Career averages: 9.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists


I'm giving James Young an F, just because he had a terrible career in the NBA. He only played one year at Kentucky and averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and an assist as a freshman. He declared for the draft by the end of the season. A lot of times, players coming through Duke, Kentucky, and a lot of schools like that are typically one-and-done players. But as an 18 year old showing a lot fo promise, I think it would have been smart for Young to stay at Kentucky longer. He only averaged 3.4 points a game during his rookie year, and that happened to be his best year of his career. He never accomplished anything with the Celtics, and only lasted four years in the NBA.


Career averages: 2.3 points, 1 rebound, 0.3 assists


2015: Terry Rozier (#16) and R.J. Hunter (#28)



Grades: B+ and F


For me, its difficult to grade Rozier. I want to give him a B+, because he had a breakout year with the Hornets averaging 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. But obviously, those numbers don't affect the Celtics. Rozier was taken sixteenth overall and I would say has good value to any team that picked him at that spot which is why I am sticking to a B+ grade. During one playoff series, when Kyrie Irving got injured, Rozier was thrown into the spotlight and shined under the pressure. That season he averaged only 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. During the 2018 playoffs he averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists and played a major role into helping the Celtics make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.


Career averages: 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists


R.J. Hunter only played 45 games in four seasons. He was picked 28th so it's harsh to judge him so much when he isn't expected to be great in the league. He only averaged a mere 2.7 points in his rookie season, and only played nine more NBA games over the course of three years. Scouts did see some promise in Hunter after he averaged almost 20 points at Georgia State along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.


Career averages: 3 points, 1 rebound, 0.4 assists.


2016: Jaylen Brown (#3)


Grade: A+


Jaylen Brown gets an A+ from me. Brown, along with Jayson Tatum seem to be a bright young core that Boston will have for a long time. Brown is a perennial All-Star, and I'm sure he will be one in the future. This season, he broke out and put up 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on 49% shooting, and 38% from three. As we see Brown's role expand with the Celtics from the third option, to the second we could very much see a boost in all of those numbers which could definitely secure him his first All-Star game.


Career averages: 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists


2017: Jayson Tatum (#3)



Grade: A+


Jayson Tatum is the second half to Boston's young core. This season, he put up 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game. He made his first All-Star game and could end up making an All-NBA team this season. The Celtics knew what they were getting out of Tatum, and in 2017 made the smart decision to move down in the draft because they knew who both the Sixers, and the Lakers where drafting. Tatum and Brown hopefully will be a dynamic duo in Boston for years to come, and could end up winning a title for the Celtics.


Career averages: 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists


2018: Robert Williams (#27)


Grade: C+


Williams was picked 27th, so he doesn't have high expectations by any means. Williams still plays a good role with the Celtics and can improve his game since he has only played two years in the NBA. He improved from his rookie year this year, he averaged 4.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and and assist during his sophomore year. His per 36 minutes stats show that if he gets more minutes, he could potentially be a 10 points, and 10 rebounds kind of guy. If he continues to improve, and be a reliable rebounder for the Celtics off the bench, William's grade could go up to a B. He still has one year left with the Celtics, so we will see if Boston wants to continue do develop Williams by picking up the team option.


Career averages: 3.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists.


2019: Romeo Langford (#14) and Grant Williams (#22)



Grades: C and C


For me, it is extremely difficult to grade both of these players after only playing this season. From what it looks like, Langford might end up being a bust after being picked 14th. He only averaged 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game on awful shooting. He can make a comeback next year, since he only played 27 games and got injured twice this season. Only time will tell if Langford will be anything in the NBA.


Career averages: 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists


Similar to Romeo Langford, it is difficult to grade Williams this season. He's an undersized PF that relies heavily on defense. Those two do not make a great combo in the NBA. He proved to also be a good scorer at Tennessee, averaging double digits all three years there. It will be interesting to see if Grant will get any better, or just be a role player for his career.


Career averages: 3.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1 assist.


Overall grade: A+


I give the Celtics an A+ because the picks that they made set them up for a very bright future, along with some late first-round picks such as Robert Williams. They Celtics seem to have a very good scouting group since all of their single digit first round picks have been really beneficial for them. (Jayson Tatum #3, Jaylen Brown (#6), and Marcus smart (#6). Plus, the pics that they didn't do very well in the NBA haven't really affected them.

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