Celtics mock draft roundup: Who experts have team picking in first round of NBA draft

Celtics mock draft roundup: Who experts have team picking in first round of NBA draft

The aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade on Saturday will immediately impact the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday. With Davis headed to the Lakers, the Pelicans received three first-round picks, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. Because of this, New Orleans now has the No. 4 pick in this week’s draft, in addition to the No. 1 pick the team won in the NBA Draft Lottery.

As for the trade’s impact on the Celtics: the six-time All Star will not be coming to Boston, which also eliminates what could have been a potential reason for Kyrie Irving to stick around. With that in mind, the Celtics have three first-round picks on Thursday: Nos. 14, 20, and 22.

Danny Ainge could try to package a few of them to move up in this year’s draft, or he could look to make a trade to add a star to the roster. But, here’s who the experts have the Celtics drafting at Nos. 14, 20, and 22 in our mock draft roundup.

Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo:

  • No. 14: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
  • No. 20: Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC
  • No. 22: Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina

Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler:

  • No. 14: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
  • No. 20: Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, Washington
  • No. 22: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander:

  • No. 14: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
  • No. 20: Keldon Johnson, SG/SF, Kentucky
  • No. 22: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia

CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone:

  • No. 14: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
  • No. 20: Keldon Johnson, SG/SF, Kentucky
  • No. 22: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley:

  • No. 14: Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Gonzaga
  • No. 20: Talen Horton-Tucker, SG/SF, Iowa State
  • No. 22: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State

Bleacher Report’s Jake Rill:

  • No. 14: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
  • No. 20: Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State
  • No. 22: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina

The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie:

  • No. 14: Goga Bitadze, C, Budocnost (Montenegro)
  • No. 20: Nic Claxton, SF, Georgia
  • No. 22: Kevin Porter Jr., SF, USC

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor:

  • No. 14: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
  • No. 20: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
  • No. 22: Ty Jerome, G, Virginia

Sporting News’ Kyle Irving:

  • No. 14: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
  • No. 20: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
  • No. 22: Ty Jerome, G, Virginia

NBADraft.Net:

  • No. 14: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
  • No. 20: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
  • No. 22: Nicolas Claxton, PF, Georgia

The 2019 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The NBA Draft will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio and stream live on the ESPN App.



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