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#22 – Grant Williams – Boston Celtics

With the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Grant Williams.

Ben Nadeau

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With the 22nd overall pick of the NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Grant Williams, a former standout with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Williams almost opted to stay in school for his senior season — but this first-round selection validates his decision to move to the next level. At 6-foot-7, Williams offered the type of well-rounded, energy-driven athleticism that the Celtics could always utilize. He’ll need to improve from deep to really leave his mark on head coach Brad Stevens’ tough-to-crack rotation, but his versatility and hard-working skillset will make him a fan favorite in no time.

For those looking for more information on Williams, Basketball Insiders offered a closer look at the forward after the NBA Draft Combine in May. During scrimmages at the combine, Williams was well-lauded for his attention to detail and natural leadership abilities — so it won’t be long before the Celtics’ veteran-driven rotation makes room here either.

In all, Williams was an NCAA Unanimous First Team All-American and the reigning back-to-back SEC Player of the Year — he’s got the awards and plaudits to prove an impressive collegiate resume. If he can take his game to the next level, it’s hard to argue that there was a more perfect home for Williams’ talents than in Boston.

Ben Nadeau is a Seattle-based writer in his third year with Basketball Insiders. For five seasons, he covered the Brooklyn Nets for The Brooklyn Game.

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Looking For A Few Great Voices!

From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

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From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

We are considering adding new voices for the 2020-21 NBA Season, and what we are looking for is very specific.

Here are the criteria:
– A body of professional work that reflects an understanding of the NBA and basketball.
– Must live within 30 minutes of an NBA team.
– Must be willing to write two to three times per week on various topics as assigned.
– Must write in AP style and meet assigned deadlines.
– Be willing to appear in Podcasts and Video projects as needed and scheduled.
– Have a strong understanding of social media and its role in audience development.
– Be willing to work in a demanding virtual team environment.

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– We are not hiring full-time people. If you are seeking a full-time gig, this is not that.
– This will be a low or non-compensation role initially. We need to understand your value and fit.
– We have a long track record of creating opportunities for those that excel in our program.
– This will be a lengthy interview and evaluation process. We take this very seriously, so should you.
– If you are not committed to being great, this is not the right situation for you.

If you are interested, please follow these specific instructions, Drop us an e-mail with:

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We do not need your resume, but a few links to work you have done under the above information would be helpful.

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#17 – Aleksej Pokusevski – Oklahoma City Thunder

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With the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Aleksej Pokusevski from Serbia. The Thunder completed a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire the pick.

Pokusevski is a long term project, but one that has has an intriguing skillset. A 7-footer with good speed and quickness, Pokusevski plays like a wing and can pass like a guard. But, to truly thrive at the next level, Pokusevski will need to put on some serious weight.

Again, he’s a project. But Pokusevski’s ceiling is sky-high. And, with a rebuild ahead of them, the Thunder have more than enough time to work with him and ensure he reaches it.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft – The Final 60-Pick Mock

What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

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What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

Here is a final look at the 2020 Draft, and how it may play out in this final 60-pick Mock Draft of the 20202 NBA Draft process:

 

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