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SBNation Mock Draft, Pick #30: Boston Celtics

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With the thirtieth, and final pick in the 2008 SBNation NBA Mock Draft, the Boston Celtics, represented by GGreen Bandwagon, select ...

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DJ White, Power Forward, Indiana University. 6-10, 250 lbs.

 

Green Bandwagon says:

Not to be obnoxious but I was a little busier this year watching the Celtics dominate opponents and take names later. As a result I'm not as up to date with the draft prospects as I should be. However, at least one Green Bandwagon reader is adamant that the team takes D.J. White. Immediately I have my reservations. First he's a senior. Unfortunately we've reached the point where we look at seniors a bit funny. That's just the way it is. Secondly White has some injury concerns. NBADraft.net points out that he broke his left foot twice. http://www.nbadraft.net/admincp/profiles/djwhite.html Obviously that's bad. And finally the Celtics are already set as far as undersized power forwards go with Leon Powe and Glen Davis manning the position. Although to be fair if the Celtics drafted White it could lead to a reenactment of one of my favorite scenes from The Program.

"D.J. White, back up power forward." – D.J. White
"Leon Powe, primary back up power forward." – Leon Powe
"I know that's why they drafted me." – D.J. White

At that point I can only assume Powe would attack the former Indiana Hoosier.

Thankfully I've come up with ways to get around those reservations. White used all of his college eligibility. So did Al Thornton. Touché. Meanwhile, concerns about his health and drafting for need can somewhat be answered the same way. According to Ben Q. Rock of Third Quarter Collapse it is rare to get impact players in the bottom third of the first round. That's why the Celtics may want to roll the dice with White, someone who may have dropped due to health concerns, much like the aforementioned Leon Powe did in 2006.

 

That concludes our first ever SB Nation Mock Draft! Thanks to all those who participated!