Shabazz Napier says he has always imagined playing for the Celtics

Shabazz Napier says he'd love to play for the Celtics

4/23/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 22, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; 2013 NCAA Mens Basketball MVP Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier talks to the media prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsShabazz Napier led the University of Connecticut to the National Championship, and is now setting his sites on the NBA Draft.

Napier grew up in Boston, and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday's Red Sox game with the rest of the championship-winning Huskies. He says he has always dreamed of playing for his hometown team.
"That would be crazy. That would be insane, man. Growing up, that’s something that I always envisioned, myself playing for the Celtics. Every Boston kid envisions himself as a Celtic. The Boston Celtics are so big. When you’re from the New England area, you just want to be a part of it because you know how special it is."

The Celtics currently hold the 17th pick in the draft, as well as a to-be-determined lottery pick, which will most likely be a bit higher than Napier is selected.

They are considered candidates to trade down, in which scenario they might consider drafting Napier, but there's also the issue of current point guard Rajon Rondo. Napier will likely be a point guard in the NBA, and the Celtics are already set at that position with Rondo, who seems to be working well with head coach Brad Stevens.

Napier could be a solid backup, but I have a feeling he'd want to be a little more than that. Perhaps the Celtics can make his dreams come true and bring him to Boston, but it looks pretty unlikely for now.
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