30. Boston Celtics take Judah Mintz
The Celtics remade their roster this summer by adding Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis. They figure to be over the second tax apron for the foreseeable future, which makes nailing these draft choices even more important. Boston is relying more on Payton Pritchard this season but could use another ball-handler and playmaker on their roster.
Mintz averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals in 33.5 minutes per game as a freshman at Syracuse. The 6’3 guard has a strong offensive game and could break out in his second college season. Do not be surprised to see his scoring and playmaking rise.
Mintz needs to consistently knock down his jumpers and play solid defense to rise up draft boards. He shot just 30.3 percent from 3-point range as a freshman. There is room to improve, and it should be a focus. The 20-year-old is a bit undersized, but his playmaking and ball-handling should keep teams interested.
There is still a ton to shake out about the 2024 NBA Draft class. The race to be the number one overall pick will dominate the headlines, but there is room for players to vault into the lottery. Expect plenty of talent to enter the NBA in June, and this season will tell us a ton about those players, so stay tuned.