The Boston Celtics could wind up with the first, second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth picks. However, to make it easier, most mock drafts leaving them at five because they had the league’s fifth-worst record and won’t know their official position until the NBA’s Draft lottery, which is now less than two weeks away on May 20.
Most peg the Celtics to draft one of the power forwards. They took center Kelly Olynyk last year, have a fine back court in Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley and still have Jeff Green at small forward.
According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randle would be a good fit.
Boston has all kinds of needs to fill, and a starting power forward can surely be considered one of them. Randle is talented enough to get picked much higher than this in a normal draft, and at some point will be difficult to pass up.
Of course, if you’re in the Celtics’ situation, you almost have to take the best player available. In this scenario, Randle is just that and also fits a need.