NBA Mock Draft Consensus Predicts Celtics To Use Top Pick On This Prospect

Will the Celtics continue to prioritize versatility and athleticism?

Should Boston Celtics fans familiarize themselves with Precious Achiuwa?

A roundup of 2020 NBA Mock Drafts NBA.com’s Drew Packham compiled led him to predict Tuesday night the Celtics will draft the Memphis Tigers power forward with the 14th overall pick. Achiuwa entered the NBA draft after his freshman year, and most mock drafts expect a team to select him between the eighth and 14th pick.

Here’s what Packham says about Achiuwa.

“High-energy, athletic defender who has the size and athleticism to guard several positions; Explosive on offense, but needs to work on offensive skillset,” Packham wrote.

Adding an energetic and versatile player would be on-brand for the recent Celtics, as their roster contains several, and their style of play gives such players a platform to demonstrate those strengths.

Achiuwa’s size also is interesting, as Boston’s frontcourt struggled against some of the Eastern Conference’s premier big men in 2019-20 and will continue to face them in future campaigns.

In addition to the No. 14 pick, the Celtics also own the the Nos. 26 and 30 overall picks. Who knows who else they might add or what they might do with those assets.

The NBA hasn’t announced a date for the 2020 NBA Draft, but recent reports claim the league hopes to stage it Nov. 18.

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