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The start of the 2021-22 college season being fully underway means the start of the 2022 NBA mock draft season has begun in earnest as well, with our sister site For The Win having already leaped into the fray of the annual series of predictive publications, now joined by the first mock draft of the year from the folks over at Sports Illustrated.
In a new prognosticatory article detailing picks for all 30 NBA teams for both rounds of the still-distant 2022 draft, SI’s Jeremy Woo has two prospects in mind for the Boston Celtics — a wing and a big man, two positions of need in the team’s current depth chart.
Let’s get a look at the players Woo sees in green and white come the 2022-23 NBA season.
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) November 25, 2021
No. 17 - Keon Ellis - wing
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Something of a late-bloomer who took the JuCo route before he landed at Alabama, Ellis is a bigger guard at 6-foot-6 who has shot the ball at least 60% from the field in both seasons he’s played with Alabama and has a career NCAA 3-point rate of 39.7%.
An excellent individual defender nabbing 2.3 steals per game so far this season, it’s easy to see why Woo could see him fitting into an Ime Udoka-led squad in need of shooting, size and defense.
No. 48 - Michael Foster - G League Ignite
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A mobile big able to play either frontcourt position at lower levels of play with some handles, rim-protection, and ability to score in the post, Foster still has work to do away from the basket, though he has potential.
He’s got a high motor and passes and defends well, but his work-in-progress shooting and shorter stature (6-foot-9) suggest he’ll likely play the five at the NBA level in switcher defenses.