Celtics Draft Rumors: Celtics expected to draft Joel Embiid at #6

In today's Celtics rumors surrounding the 2014 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics are reportedly targeting Kansas center Joel Embiid with the sixth overall pick on Thursday - providing the injured phenom falls from the top of the draft as he is expected to.

Per Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, "several league sources said that Embiid could fall to the Celtics at the sixth pick — and that the Celtics are expected to grab him if he’s there."

While Embiid would definitely miss summer league, along with training camp and a chunk of the 2014-15 NBA season (if not all), the raw physical gifts that Embiid brings to the table could be exactly what Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is looking for.

Ainge made it clear at the end of last year that the Celtics needed a "rim protector" to help open up the floor for the remainder of Boston's roster.

A healthy Embiid can provide that, along with a developing offensive game which could turn him into one of the best two-way big men in the game.


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