One of the biggest mysteries in the upcoming NBA draft is former Providence guard Ricky Ledo.
He was a very highly touted prospect last summer, but was declared academically to play this season. This makes his value very hard to gauge for scouts because he has never played against top competition.
Ledo, 20, is expected to be on the board when the Celtics draft at pick 16. While he may be a reach at that point, he would still be an interesting pick for the Celtics as he has more upside that almost everybody in this draft class.
Ledo is a shooting guard that stands at 6’6” and weighs just less than 200 pounds, so he has great size for his position.
He is very fun to watch as he carries himself with swagger on the court. He thrives with the ball in his hands; he handles the ball well, and can create his own shots.
Defensively, Ledo is more of a long term project. He has never had to guard top competition, so it is unknown how he will fare in the NBA. But if his high school days tell us anything, it is that he has an inconsistent motor but he can defend well when he needs to.
If the Celtics select Ledo, he would likely take on the role of backup shooting guard. This would probably mean that either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee would be traded.
He would provide a spark off of the bench, and could potentially develop into one of the league’s best scoring guards.
Other potential Celtics draft targets include:Gorgui Dieng - C (Louisville) Dennis Schroeder - PG (Germany) Shane Larkin - PG (Miami) Mason Plumlee - C (Duke) Steven Adams - C (Pittsburgh) Sergey Karasev - SF (Russia) Giannis Adetokunbo - SF (Greece) Kelly Olynyk - C (Gonzaga) Shabazz Muhammad - SF (UCLA)