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Celtics 2010 Draft: Who Are Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody?

Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody (Image from Masslive.com)

One week after the Boston Celtics saw Banner No. 18 slip away, Danny Ainge and co. geared for the 2010 NBA Draft on Thursday. Unlike in years past, the Celtics were in fair position, holding the 19th pick in the first round. It was the highest draft position the Green held since the 2007 draft, when the team traded the rights to Georgetown forward Jeff Green, who was selected fifth overall, to the then-Seattle Supersonics in a deal to get Ray Allen.

With needs across the board, the Celtics had the “luxury” of selecting the best player available in the eyes of the front office. Ainge did just that.

Pick 18 – Avery Bradley

The Celtics drafted undersized SG Avery Bradley from the University of Texas, making Bradley the first UT player ever drafted by the Celtics in the first round. Bradley’s set to join a back-court with the likes of Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, and potentially Ray Allen.

The Tacoma, Wash., native left Texas after one season, where he averaged 12 points per game. Bradley has shown the ability not only to score but to defend. Possessing a long wingspan, Bradley has all the tools to defend premier two-guards in the NBA. However, the knock on Bradley is that he’s one-dimensional.

Bradley struggles creating offense off the dribble and rarely does he attack the rim. In fact, Bradley averaged a mere two free throws a game, in which he only managed to connect on 54 percent of his attempts.

Pick 52 - Luke Harangody

With their second round pick, the Celtics added Irishman Luke Harangody. The 6-7, 240-pound power forward can score and score a lot. For Notre Dame, Harangody averaged a double double during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2009, Harangody didn’t disappoint, scoring 22 points a contest along with nine rebounds.

Like other second round big men the Celtics have drafted under Ainge, Harangody finds himself in the “undersized” category. Harangody compares favorably to former Celtic Leon Powe and even Glen Davis to an extent. All three of which play hard, have great work ethics, but are vertically challenged.

The Celtics have had much success with their late round selections, so look for the team to expect Harangody to contribute. If Harangody can show the coaching staff that he can defend an NBA four, he’ll find the court. That’s something that won’t be an easy task for Harangody, as he does have a difficult time guarding bigger forwards.

Remember it wasn’t all that long ago when Harangody was the talk of college basketball for what he was doing at Notre Dame — similar to that of what Davis did for LSU in 2006.

Overview

The Celtics certainly didn’t make “great” selections, but for the position they were in the Celtics grabbed two solid basketball players. Boston will now turn their focus to free agency where both Ray Allen and possibly Paul Pierce (opt-out option) are set to become free agents.

Many believe the window for the Celtics is closing fast, if it hasn’t already closed. Kevin Garnett isn’t the same player he was even two years ago, Ray Allen literally can’t find the basket, and outside of Rondo and Pierce, the rest of the Celtics team is mediocre at best. Throw on top of that the uncertain future of coach Doc Rivers and the Celtics could be in for a shaky 2010-2011 campaign.

Note: Bradley won’t play in the Celtics Summer League because of an ankle injury he sustained at Texas.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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2 comments for “Celtics 2010 Draft: Who Are Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody?”

  1. Kind of concerned that they drafted Avery Bradley. He may have been the best player available overall, but I’d say that the PG spot is the least of our worries. Avery does play the 2, but he’s been a PG as well. And being known for his defense is a strange reason to draft him if you’re the Celtics. We didn’t win the finals because we couldn’t score, not because we couldn’t defend. And I’m so tired of watching almost the entire team settle for jumpshots the entire season. A guard who shot 54% on an average of 2 free throws a game?! A mediocre guard who unquestionably needs work before he’s solidified in the NBA seems almost a senseless move by Boston. I guess we’ll see.

    I’m pumped about Luke, though. I think that was a true steal.

    Posted by nick | June 26, 2010, 9:11 pm
  2. I’m fairly sure they picked Bradley because they think someone’s going to overpay Tony Allen. Fits the same mold of a tenacious defender who’s a little small for the 2, can’t create for himself, but will run the break.

    It’s also worth mentioning that Bradley was an absolute stud coming out of high school, and if the C’s can keep him long enough to let him develop (i.e. no Chauncey Billups routine), he could turn out to be a gamer. I can’t imagine a scenario in which you can start two 6’1 guards and Rondo’s obviously the team’s future BUT Dallas has had good luck with Terry coming off the bench, and then playing with Kidd in crunch time. So it’s not like it’s unthinkable that in 4 years, Rondo/Bradley would be the end-of-game backcourt if this kid’s game improves.

    Posted by Will | June 28, 2010, 4:13 am

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