It would appear to be a natural fit. With Rajon Rondo set to come back from a torn ACL but big changes expected for the Celtics, Massachusetts native Michael Carter-Williams could be an intriguing draft prospect for the Celtics. While Carter-Williams is considered one of the best point guards coming out of college this year, early mock drafts have placed him all over the first round.
But the Hamilton, Mass., native might not necessarily jump at the chance to play for his home-state team. After performing at the NBA draft combine in Chicago, the sophomore out of Syracuse sounded lukewarm to the idea of playing for the Celtics.
“That would be nice, but I kind of want to get away and play somewhere else,” Carter-Williams told the Boston Herald. “If the opportunity presents itself, that would be great. If I get chosen by the Celtics, that’s not something I’d get upset about. I’ll be happy about it. I’d just enjoy my time and work hard.”
Carter-Williams might be disappointed if he were drafted by the Celtics, but it has nothing to do with the team. A recent CBS Sports mock draft has him going sixth overall, while the latest DraftExpress mock draft has him going 12th. The Celtics are slotted to pick 16th, so Carter-Williams would have to suffer a Jared Sullinger-type drop for Boston to draft him.