With Kyrie Irving expected to leave Boston and sign somewhere else this offseason, the Celtics were in desperate need of a new, undersized guard who can cook.
They may have just found him with the No. 33 overall pick in Carsen Edwards, who was a direct steal in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Edwards was a standout at Purdue, especially this past season, and in his final collegiate game. He led the Big Ten in scoring with 24.3 points per game, along with 2.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Edwards also shot over 40% from 3-point range, and had his finest moment on the national stage.
The point guard went on a tear in the NCAA Tournament, opening some eyes. He averaged 34.8 points per game and had two 42-point performances, one coming against the eventual champion Virginia Cavaliers.
The Celtics are receiving a guard who looks small but plays big. Coming in at just barely six feet tall in shoes, Edwards' wingspan reaches 6-6. Despite being an offensive guru, Edwards knows how to play defense as well. He attacks passing lanes and is a tough guy to screen.
Edwards' range as a shooter reaches 30 feet, as was evident throughout the NCAA Tournament. His ability to stop on a dime, pull up, and shoot makes him tough for any defender to guard -- just ask 6-8 elite wing defender De'Andre Hunter, who had nothing for him in the tourney.
Though Edwards is regarded as a shooter, his ability to play all-around basketball will work in the Celtics favor. This will be a trade Philadelphia fans will regret in the long run.