CelticsHub participated in another TrueHoop Network Mock Draft over the weekend. The selection committee for the blog was all the CH writers who were available to help choose a fake basketball player at 9:30 on a Saturday night (all of us).
As you know because it was widely reported in several national news outlets last season, this same panel CORRECTLY PREDICTED that the Celtics would select JaJuan Johnson in last year’s draft when other predictors were busy picking their noses and getting paid money. So there’s obviously a lot riding on this year’s results, which is sad because they’re almost guaranteed to be wrong.
Jared Sullinger (PF/C), Ohio State
Moe Harkless (SF), St. John’s
Now to answer the three pertinent questions surrounding these players.
Do they fill a need? Yes for Sullinger, basically yes for Harkless. Boston desperately needs size and strength, and Sullinger is a big, nasty American buffalo. He’s only 6’9″, but he’s really strong and gets rebounding space so easily it’s like he ordered it on Amazon Prime.
Harkless is an SF, which isn’t an immediate need for Boston, but he’s going to be around long after Paul Pierce. Plus, like Sullinger, he’s also 6’9″ and can rebound extremely well for his position.
Will they fall to the Celtics? Probably not. Sullinger’s fallen from top-five to a fringe lottery pick in just the last few weeks, but he only sniffs Boston’s range because he’s piled up more red flags than a Chinese military graveyard. He has back issues, and teams are starting to freak out even though his father and agent (two totally unbiased parties) have chalked his condition up to tight hamstrings. That’s why he fell so far in the TrueHoop draft, but we thought he was too good of a value to fall past 22.
As for Harkless, his availability will depend on who goes ahead of him (bold prediction). A small, very polite debate has arisen over whether Harkless or Baylor SF Quincy Miller should be drafted first, since they play the same position and will probably both end up falling in the high-teens/low-twenties range of the draft. There’s a decent chance that one drops in the 16-18 range, leaving the other one free for Boston to pick up. In most mocks it’s been Miller, but in this one it happened to be Harkless.
In short: this is a sweet but unlikely haul. Here are the indispensable videos Mike Schmitz made on each player.