With the draft lottery in the books, the final order of the 2015 NBA Draft has been determined. Now, let's look at the latest mocks from around the web and see who the experts are sending to the Boston Celtics.
Chad Ford at ESPN.com ($) has the Celtics selecting Kevon Looney, a 6'9 PF from UCLA.
The Celtics will obviously explore moving up in the draft. Their biggest need is an athletic rim protector, and they'd love to get their hands on Willie Cauley-Stein. But assuming they stand pat at No. 16, there are a couple of intriguing options for them if they want to swing for the fences. Foremost among them is Looney, a guy who is getting knocked around a bit by scouts right now because he's a project. But he has some terrific tools,including amazing length, versatility to play inside and out and a really good work ethic. I actually think that once he gets into workouts, he'll wow teams. But until then, I think this would be a great get for the Celtics. Kelly Oubre and Bobby Portis are other good fits here.
DraftExpress is giving Boston the 20-year-old Bobby Portis, a 6'11 PF from the University of Arkansas.
The 6'10.5, 235-pound forward has some intriguing physical tools, centered around his seeming never-ending motor. He competes with tenacity and while he isn't the most explosive player, he zips around the floor with constant energy to affect play on both ends with his mobility. To round out his physical attributes, he sports a long wingspan, measured at 7'1.5, and excellent strength to help play physically on the interior.
SB Nation's own Kevin O'Connor also has the C's taking Bobby Portis.
The Celtics value players who can switch on pick-and-rolls and Portis excelled in that area at Arkansas. He has the lateral quickness to defend many wings and he's a solid pick-and-roll defender who plays with high intensity. Offensively he doesn't bring the same upside as some of Boston's other bigs, but he's good all-around.
Bleacher Report has the Celtics taking Devin Booker, the 6'6 SG from University of Kentucky.
Devin Booker would be a terrific get for the Boston Celtics, who lack size and shooting in their backcourt. With Booker, coach Brad Stevens gets a little of both.
At 6'6", Booker shot 41.1 percent from downtown, flashing a convincing jumper with textbook mechanics.
He also averaged 18.7 points per 40 minutes for Kentucky. Booker isn't particularly threatening one-on-one, but his value lies within his ability to knock down shots off movement and finish the plays that find him in the offense.
He projects as a J.J. Redick-like complementary weapon.
Finally, CBSSports.com has three mock drafters, two of whom took the same player!
Sam Vecenie: R.J. Hunter, 6'6 SG from Georgia State
Gary Parrish: R.J. Hunter, 6'6 SG from Georgia State
Zach Harper: Miles Tuner, 6'11 C from University of Texas
It's interesting to see two guys both selecting R.J. Hunter. From what I see, Hunter looks like a scorer with a knack for getting to the FT line, but his shooting percentages were way down in his last season in college.
So what do you all think? Are there any players here that get you excited? Are there some players you'd prefer to see going to the Celtics in these mocks?