2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0

MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 25: Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Miles Bridges (22) fakes going up for a shot during a college basketball game between Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers on February 25th, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI. Michigan State defeats Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 25: Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Miles Bridges (22) fakes going up for a shot during a college basketball game between Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers on February 25th, 2018 at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI. Michigan State defeats Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Anfernee Simons. 27. player. 18. . SG. IMG Academy

Simons was a top-10 prospect in the 2019 class, but his decision to enter the draft early means he’ll probably be stuck toward the end of the first round. The Celtics are bound to have some outgoing pieces on the perimeter, so adding the highest upside available makes sense for a competitive roster.

We’re still a few years away from seeing Simons at his best, but he has obvious appeal as a project. He’s already a dynamic scorer, using plus athleticism and shifty ball handling to score in isolation. If he can add a reliable three-point shot and create for others, Simons’ lottery-level talent could pay dividends for the Celtics.

I’m of the opinion that Simons shouldn’t fall this far. We’ll see what happens in June.