With the NBA draft on the horizon (Thursday night), mock drafts are popping up at an alarming rate. Consumed by the Celtics playoff run, I haven't paid much attention to any of them. With the 19th pick, Danny Ainge has a chance at a decent player.
Bledsoe, Kentucky Fr. 6-1 192
The Explanation: They don't need him, but he's the best talent
left in the draft. And Rondo doesn't need to keep playing 48 minutes a
The Peanut Gallery: Russillo immediately states, "They could use a
backup PG. I love the pick." Adds Fraschilla, "Same huge hands as Rajon
Rondo and same type of athlete. Needs to learn the position like
He needed all four years at Washington to improve his shooting and develop as an aggressive defender. Pondexter is a good athlete who attacks the offensive board, and his college experience will enable him to fit in nicely with the Celtics as they begin their transition from old to young.
Prolific scoring swingman in a wiry 6-6 frame … Highly efficient
offensive game (46% FG for his college career) … Lights out shooter
with textbook form and high release … Possesses boundless range with
no deterioration in accuracy from distance (38.4%) … Has no conscious,
even in the face of repeated misses … Extremely effective in
catch-and-shoot situations, with his feet set and ready to fire…
NBADraft.net compares each prospect to a pro:
Anderson: Nick Anderson/Daequan Cook
Bledsoe: Keyon Dooling/Marcus Banks
Pondexter: Bobby Simmons
Drafting a freshman guard who projects out to be Marcus Banks, scares the hell out of me.