I spent much of the day watching the draft combine. The Celtics have just one pick in this draft, barring Danny making a trade or buying another pick, as he did when the Celtics nabbed Rondo. That 16th pick is the Celtics highest sinc...
I spent much of the day watching the draft combine. The Celtics have just one pick in this draft, barring Danny making a trade or buying another pick, as he did when the Celtics nabbed Rondo. That 16th pick is the Celtics highest since KG joined the team. Danny's draft history in those 5 years has been mixed. Last year, he got a player who showed a great deal of promise in Jared Sullinger and who should be much better this season with the back issues behind him. The jury is still out on Fab Melo, who showed some flashes but who also is still very raw.
In 2011, Danny chose MarShon Brooks who was immediately traded for JaJuan Johnson, who spent most of last season in the D-League after being included in the trade for Courtney Lee. In taking Johnson, Danny passed on Norris Cole, Jimmy Butler, and Chandler Parsons, all of whom have been contributing to playoff teams this season. In 2010, Danny got another good player who has been a solid contributor in Avery Bradley with the 19th pick. In 2009, the Celtics had no first round picks.
In 2008, the Celtics chose JR Giddens with the 30th pick. Danny passed over Nikola Pekovic, Mario Chalmers, DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik, and Goran Dragic to take Giddens, who has been playing overseas. As we can see, Danny's draft picks have been hit or miss. For every good pick like Sully or Avery there is a Johnson or a Giddens, who failed to pan out. Hopefully with the 16th pick, he can get someone who can help the team right away. After all, it's not all that far outside of the lottery.
According to SI's Chris Mannix, Danny may be looking to move up in the draft. Each team gets 18 interviews at the Draft Combine and many of the players that the Celtics have met with are considered to be lottery picks and are expected to be gone before the Celtics make their pick at 16. Of course, he could be hoping that one of them will make a Sully-like fall, or he could be looking to move up as being rumored. The Herald reported Danny's thoughts on the subject:
“We’re always having discussions about moving up and moving down and moving out,” said Ainge. “That’s just like every other year. But I don’t know what the chances are of that happening.”
He feels confident the Celts will have choices to make regarding deals involving picks.
“Sure, I think I will have chances,” Ainge said. “It’s always about what price you’ve got to pay to do that — and what are you going to get for that, of course. But there will probably be a lot of discussion, because this draft isn’t as star-studded as some other drafts.
“I think there are good players. There’s just not franchise changers. I’m just hoping we can find a good player.”
As for the draft itself, I checked out 38 different mock drafts. It seems as though everyone is making a mock draft these days. There are the more credible ones like Chad Ford's mock on ESPN Insider and Draft.net and Draft Xpress and then there are a couple that you wonder what planet they are living on when they have the Celtics picking Nerlens Noel or Trey Burke at 16. Somehow, I don't see those guys dropping that far in any scenario.
Of the 38 mocks, there were 17 different players mentioned as possible picks for the Celtics at #16. Most of the mocks have the Celtics going big, with a few suggesting point guards and a few others going with shooting guards or small forwards. Here is the list of players and the number of mocks that listed them as the Celtics possible pick.
Kelly Olynyk 7'0" Center, Gonzaga (6)
Rudy Gobert 7'1" Center, France (6)
Mason Plumlee 6'10" PF/C, Duke (4)
Dario Saric, 6'10" Forward, Croatia (3)
Tony Mitchell 6'8" PF, North Texas (3)
Dennis Schroeder 6'1" PG, Braunschweig (3)
Steven Adams 7'0" Center, Pitt (2)
Archie Goodwin 6'5" SG, Kentucky (2)
Mike Muscala 6'11" Center, Bucknell (1)
Jamaal Franklin 6'5" SG, San Diego St (1)
Lorenzo Brown 6'5" PG/SG, NC State (1)
Kentavious Caldwell 6'
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