First off, scratch Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid off the Celtics’ draft board. By most accounts, those players are highly likely to be the first three chosen in the NBA Draft on June 26.
So which players might the Celtics be considering at No. 6 if they keep their pick? Here’s a look.
Position: Forward (6-9, 225)
Scouting report: In his only season at Arizona, Gordon was the Pac-12 freshman of the year. He averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1 block. An inconsistent shooter (36 percent 3-pointers, 50 percent total field goals) with room for improvement on offense. Solid defender with great leaping ability.
Position: Forward (6-10, 240)
Scouting report: Was Big Ten freshman of year at Indiana, averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. Had team-high 41 blocks. A Haverhill, Mass., native with extremely large hands, Vonleh will only be 19 years old at the start of next season. Hit 16 of 33 3-pointers in only college season.
Position: Forward (6-9, 250)
Scouting report: As a freshman, helped Kentucky reach NCAA title game and was named to all-tournament team. Southeastern Conference freshman of the year averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds. Strong player under the basket who also shot 50 percent. Had an NCAA-leading 24 double-doubles last season.
Position: Guard (6-4, 200)
Scouting report: Point guard averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals as a sophomore at Oklahoma State. An inconsistent shooter from long range (30 percent), Smart also raised eyebrows with anger issues, including an encounter with a fan at Texas Tech for which he was suspended. Many believe Smart might have been a top-three pick last year.
Position: Forward (6-8, 225)
Scouting report: A scoring machine who was an All-American and the Wooden Award winner in his senior season at Creighton. McDermott averaged 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and hit 44 percent from 3-point distance. Solid defender and excellent shooter (52.5 percent).
Position: Guard (6-6, 196)
Scouting report: The son of Cecil Exum, who played with Michael Jordan at North Carolina, Exum was introduced to the basketball world by playing for the Australia Institute of Sport. Many mock drafts project him at No. 4 or 5, meaning the Celtics might not even have a shot at Exum. Exum insisted at the NBA Draft combine that he was a point guard.