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Boston Celtics NBA Mock Draft Roundup


Leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, we will update our Boston Celtics Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Boston Celtics from several prominent sites and draft analysts.



The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Celtics:

CBS Sports - Boone, Updated: 10/22
14. Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
26. Robert Woodard II, Mississippi State
30. Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

Boston is overflowing with wings and its frontcourt depth is, at the very least, passable. So the Celtics can look towards a post-Kemba Walker era with an investment in the point guard position with Kira Lewis Jr. Still just 19 years old, he's a lightning-quick lead guard with an improved shot who, as his thin frame fills out, can give the team a boost to its lackluster depth at the position. And in time, he can perhaps be groomed to take the reins at the position.

Boston comes back here after taking a point guard with its lottery pick to add big, strong wing prospect Robert Woodard to the fold. Raw but physically gifted, Woodard's got a recorded wingspan longer than 7-foot and he really made strides as a 3-point shooter as a sophomore. 3-and-D type of prospect with some upside.

A well-rounded center who sets hard screens, rebounds like he's 7-foot and acts as an interior anchor with an imposing physical presence, Tillman is a steal in this range for a team like Boston that could use frontcourt depth. He's a bit undersized for his position but does all the little things at a high level to affect winning.

NBC Sports Philly - Levick, Updated: 10/22
14. Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
26. Isaiah Stewart, Washington
30. Tre Jones, Duke

With a league-high three first-round picks, the Celtics could go in a lot of different directions here. Lewis is a rapid ball handler who could fill scoring and playmaking voids off Boston's bench.

While Robert Williams had some encouraging moments for the Celtics during the playoffs, we figure Boston would consider a backup big man in the draft. Stewart doesn't have the sleek appearance or outside jumper of the modern NBA center, but he's a very good rebounder and was highly productive in college, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Boston wraps up the first round with a second point guard in Jones, the ACC's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He could perhaps take some difficult defensive assignments off Kemba Walker's plate.

CBS Sports - Parrish, Updated: 10/16
14. Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
26. Leandro Bolmaro, Argentina
30. Zeke Nnaji, Arizona

The fact that Kemba Walker is 30 years old and coming off of a disappointing postseason might have the Celtics looking at point guard options with this pick. If so, the best one available is probably Kira Lewis, who will still only be 19 years-old on the night of the draft. For what it's worth, his first college coach, Avery Johnson, absolutely loves him as an NBA prospect. That's a good sign, I think. And another good sign is that Lewis was really productive as a sophomore -- averaging 18.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds for an Alabama team that finished 60th at KenPom. Beyond that, he made 48.8% of his 3-point attempts in the Crimson Tide's final seven games. So it appears Lewis can be a reliable, and perhaps terrific, perimeter shooter and thus a nice addition to Brad Stevens' Celtics.

Boston has three first-round picks and almost no room on its roster. So the Celtics will either have to make some trades or stash a pick or both. And that's why Leandro Balmaro might be a great option here, if he's available. He's already committed to staying in Barcelona next season. So the 6-8 forward could be a draft-and-stash for a franchise that will be trying to return to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Zeke Nnaji was only a borderline top-40 prospect coming out of high school -- but he emerged as the biggest surprise of Arizona's freshman class. The 6-11 forward was Sean Miller's most productive player, one who averaged a team-high 16.1 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds. He was a terrific part of an underwhelming team. Going forward, the best-case scenario has Nnaji developing into a power forward who can create space, rather than trying to be a full-time center, because he's not really a rim protector. We'll see how that goes. But the fast-developing prospect deserves real consideration this deep in the first round.

The Ringer - O'Connor, Updated: 10/14
14. Aleksej Pokusevski, Olympiacos B
26. Tyler Bey, Colorado
30. Nico Mannion, Arizona

The Celtics don't really need anything. They're deep at wing, have low-cost centers, and have plenty of lead ball handlers. With two more first-rounders later, why not take a boom-or-bust player here? Pokusevski is the draft's biggest gamble: He's a 7-foot beanpole who can shoot and handle like a guard. He'll become the second-youngest player drafted since high schoolers were barred from entering. Pokusevski might not pan out if he doesn't add weight, but the Celtics can afford to roll the dice.

By playing rookie Grant Williams in pivotal moments of this postseason, the Celtics showed how much they value the ability to play small with a floor full of smart, reliable defenders. Bey can switch on to multiple positions, and at age 22, he has both the brain and the body to play a role right away.

Danny Ainge has a history of drafting top high school recruits who fall in the draft (such as Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger) and he has a thing for small, sparkplug scoring guards (from Eddie House to Isaiah Thomas to Terry Rozier). Mannion checks both boxes: He was a top prospect, but struggled to create space off the dribble as a freshman, so his stock has fallen accordingly. But he has undeniable talent as a passer and shooter, making him worth the investment for teams in the late first round.

SI.com - Woo, Updated: 10/14
14. Saddiq Bey, Villanova
26. Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona
30. Desmond Bane, TCU

With three first-rounders and a crowded roster situation, expect the Celtics to get creative, as it's unlikely that they'll roster three more rookies next season. Assuming they use this selection, Bey makes sense as a versatile, unflashy role player who can make open shots and should be a playable defender right away. As has been the case with most recent Villanova products, he's widely viewed as a safe, comfortable pick who will meet expectations. That type of prospect makes sense for a playoff team with a need, and Bey's range starts around here and likely ends in the teens. The Celtics could pencil him in as an eventual replacement for Gordon Hayward's minutes, then look to maximize the value of their other picks.

It seems unlikely that the Celtics will roster three first-round picks next season, and Bolmaro is an easily stashable prospect with upside and nice value proposition in the back third of the first round. He's has already begun his season in Barcelona as part of the club's first team, but has NBA outs in his contract that give teams the option to bring him over or simply wait until next season. This should add some appeal for front offices aiming to preserve financial flexibility and roster space in the short-term. The range of opinion on Bolmaro is fairly wide--some scouts see him as a mid-to-late first-rounder, others in the early second--but his innate creativity and high-IQ game set him apart from a lot of the guards in this draft. If his jumper improves, he has a clear pathway to someone's rotation in the long run.

Bane has helped himself a good deal in interviews and boasts one of the better shooting profiles in the draft, which has put him on the cusp of the first round. He may be able to give a team useful minutes in short order, with solid basketball IQ and toughness along with the floor-spacing component. Bane isn't a great mover athletically and has a below-average wingspan, which will limit some of his upside defensively and creating off the dribble, but seems to have a good grasp of who he is as a player. It's worth reiterating that the Celtics may not roster three first-round picks next year, but Bane is the type of player who could add a dimension to their bench immediately.

The Athletic - Vecenie, Updated: 10/13
14. Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
26. Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona
30. Robert Woodard, Mississippi State

The Celtics do have a real need at the backup point guard position. Brad Wanamaker is a free agent, and the team just generally needs more firepower off the bench with better offensive depth. Lewis doesn't necessarily fit their typical draft strategy of trying to find stronger, more physically prepared guys in the draft. Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, Semi Ojeleye, Robert Williams, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum all had much stronger, better frames. But Lewis would be a terrific fit off the bench playing the Terry Rozier role for Boston early in his career, then have a good chance to transition into being the point guard of the future right as Kemba Walker's contract expires in three years.

He averaged 18.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He also hit 36.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and snatched 1.8 steals for the second-straight season. That makes him one of three high-major players in the last three decades to hit those numbers. He was remarkably productive for having played the majority of his sophomore season at 18 years old. More importantly, though, he started to slow down and become an even more impressive halfcourt distributor and playmaker. His live-dribble passing took a leap this season, and I think that would mesh well within this offense. Most importantly, I think he can play off the ball, too, due to his shooting ability, meaning he can play both the backup point guard spot and with the starters given how much Tatum figures to keep transition into an on-ball wing in future years.

Bolmaro's range is anywhere from No. 15 to No. 35, depending who is looking to stash a relatively interesting, high-upside prospect. And indeed, he'll officially be a stash this year, as he has decided to stay in Barcelona for this season due to the uncertainty of what the NBA looks like next year. He recently signed a three-year deal with Barcelona, so it's possible that stash could be extended. For Boston, a stash makes a lot of sense, as I'm skeptical that the team keeps all of these picks. They also have a forthcoming roster crunch situation to deal with over the summer.

He's a 6-foot-8 wing who can play with legitimate speed and attack at a high level off the bounce. He's a very real playmaker with the ball in his hands for someone that is his size. His passing ability off of a live dribble is really quite strong for a wing. He's not quite good enough at it to be a lead guard, but he can certainly be a secondary playmaker. Ultimately, the big question is what happens when he doesn't have the ball? How does he make an impact? He's not a particularly good shooter right now, having hit just 29 percent from 3 this season and 30.8 percent from 3 last year. In the past, Boston has tended to value big playmakers anyway. The fact that he can also be a stash makes this a no-brainer if they do end up picking at No. 26 and he's on the board.

The Celtics have a tendency to like these big-bodied wings who have the potential to develop. I would think they take at least one in the first round if they keep their picks. Woodard is 6-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan and has displayed some shooting acumen. He's as a great kid who has gotten rave reviews from teams in interviews. He hit over 40 percent from 3 this season while averaging 11 points per game. He also has good footwork on defense that should allow him to defend perimeter players. The big key here comes with his ballhandling and quick-decision-making. He's not particularly good at either right now, and will likely need some more time in the G League to develop those skills. Also, there is some concern about the big leap in 3-point shooting and relatively small volume. But this is a player type that the entire NBA is looking to add. He'll be in the mix for a few teams near the end of the first round, and should almost certainly hear his name called in the top 40.


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