Chad Ford's mock draft
posted at 3/21/2012 2:36 AM EDT
He's got the Celtics taking 6-8 PF Terrence Jones out of Kentucky with pick 17 and 6-11 PF Arnett Moultrie out of Mississippi State with the 24th.
Now, I'm not an ESPN genius or anything, and at 6-11 maybe Moultrie projects as more of an NBA center, but it seems to me that the C's have their issues at every position BUT PF. Wouldn't that first pick be better used on a 2, 3, or 5?
Players taken after 17:
Meyers Leonard 7-0 C
Austin Rivers 6-4 SG (I actually would rather he not play for Doc for both their sake)
Terrence Ross 6-6 SG washington
C. J. Leslie 6-8 SF/PF tweener NCST: top 10 talent with character issues...DeAndre Jordan anyone?
Jeff Taylor 6-7 SF Vandy: 2 way player, plays above the rim, with an improving, but not quite there yet jumper...could be fun on the 2nd team running with Rondo and JJJ
Moe Harkless 6-8 SF St John's: Not a shooter, but can score and is a solid defender...Trevor Ariza type without Trevor Ariza money.
Just some food for thought. And this is all with teams taking high potential over high polish at the top of the draft. If that changes in real life, the C's could see a lot of high potential guys slip down. They also don't have Fab Melo going in the 1st round, as many mocks I've seen don't. If he somehow slipped to the C's 2nd round pick how could they not take him on potential alone?