Why the Celtics might draft: Vernon Carey

Nick Friar
April 01, 2020 - 9:01 am
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Among the many things impacted by the NBA’s ongoing hiatus is the 2020 draft. And there are layers to this issue, one being draft order.

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Based on where the standings were when play first came to a halt, the Celtics would have three 2020 first-round picks: 17 (via Memphis), 26 and 30. Here’s a look at one of the players they could select in the first round:

VERNON CAREY, DUKE

STATS: 17.8 PPG | 8.8 RPG | 1.6 BPG

At No. 26 or 30, there are worse players to invest in than the 19-year-old, 6-foot-10, 250-pound center. Carey is projected to go in that late-first round range, so the Celtics could take a flier on him.

One of the problems with Carey: he doesn’t have an outside game. Even though he shot 38.1% from 3-point territory last season, he only pulled up from deep 21 times.

And while there are similarities between Carey and Isaiah Stewart from Washington, the latter has a higher motor. Stewart’s transition to the NBA is expected to be smoother.

Carey is active on the glass and protects the paint — he nearly averaged 10 rebounds and two blocks per game while only playing 24.9 minutes a night as a freshman at Duke. But, like Stewart, pick-and-roll defense is a question mark.

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