The 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft is still(!) underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. Jeff Clark from CelticsBlog, the appropriately named Boston Celtics blog for SB Nation, checks in to make the nineteenth overall selection in this year's mock draft.
With the nineteenth overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft, the Boston Celtics select Gordon Hayward, small forward, Butler.
Clark explains: I'm not sure how he dropped this far but he's too good to pass up.
Hayward's basketball IQ is the stuff that coaches dream of and I think he fits a need backing up Pierce on the wing. If someone like this doesn't drop, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics go big with someone like Solomon Alabi, Daniel Orton or Larry Sanders.
Ridiculous Upside reacts: This is likely the lowest Hayward could possibly go, and while I'm not in love with him it's a very good value pick at this point in the draft.
He'll also be able to fill in as the white guy for Brian Scalabrine, who seems like he'll have a lot of suitors this Summer.
Ridiculous Upside's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Hassan Whiteside, PF/C, Marshall. 2 - Damion James, SF, Texas. 3 - Larry Sanders, PF/C, VCU. 4 - Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky. 5 - Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut.
Sound off, SB Nation! What say you of Hayward shipping up to Boston?
And please, remember to check out CelticsBlog for everything you need to know about the NBA Finals runner-up team (including a look back at what could be an unfitting end for Paul Pierce).