Another fit I’ve stuck with for a couple weeks now, Milton is perfect for the way this Celtics roster is constructed. Not only is he long enough and versatile enough to play multiple roles on either end of the court (and went to SMU — hey, Semi), but he brings their ceiling up quite a bit on offense compared with the rest of the wings Boston has targeted during their slow-burn rebuild.
Milton shot 43 percent from distance over three years at SMU, and posted an astounding 26 percent assist rate this year on top of that shooting efficiency. He handled an increased offensive burden each season with players like Ojeleye and Sterling Brown leaving, while maintaining surprising defensive impact. It’s remarkable that Milton has remained this far down on most boards to this point.
His athleticism needs to improve at the NBA level, especially to help him become a better finisher, but in Boston as a tertiary piece off the bench, Milton is a perfect fit.
Once the Celtics welcome Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back next season, they will be ready to compete. If Marcus Smart, Aron Baynes and other veterans depart next summer, there will be plenty of playing time for youngsters to fight for — Milton could easily win one of those competitions.