As I look around the mock drafts, it is evident that they are a very inexact science. I checked out 25 different mock drafts and came up with 6 different players that the Celtics are projected to take. It isn't just the Celtics who have the mocks guessing either. The only sure thing is that Oden and Durant will go 1 and 2 but even there, 4 mocks have Durant going first while 11 say Oden goes first. Yi is projected anywhere from #3 to #10.
2 mocks have us taking Jeff Green 3 mocks have us taking Al Horford 3 mocks have us taking Joakim Noah 5 mocks have us taking Corey Brewer 5 mocks have us taking Brandon Wright 7 mocks have us taking Yi Jianlian
Last year, just before the draft I did a similar check and it was just as varied. They projected 11 different players being taken by Boston. One may have been correct had we made the pick with Brandon Roy available but then again, I have a feeling that Danny was eyeing Rondo all along, though.
3 mocks said we would take Tyrus Thomas 10 mocks said we would take Marcus Williams 1 mock said we would take LaMarcus Aldridge 5 mocks said we would take Randy Foye 1 mock said we would take Brandon Roy 1 mock said we would take Shelden Williams 1 mock said we would take Cedric Simmons 1 mock said we would take Bargnani 1 mock said we would take Ager 1 mock said we would take O'Bryant 1 mock said we would take Rudy Gay
There had been rumors before draft day of a trade and Telfair had been mentioned as a possibility for the 7th pick. Unfortunately that one came true.
Danny is a master of the smoke screen so that no one really knows what he is thinking most of the time. When he drafted Gerald Green, he hadn't even worked him out. When he drafted Al Jefferson, he only mentioned Al a couple of times and mostly to say that his workout didn't go well (Al had a cold when he worked out for the Celtics). We don't know which player Danny is really interested in. It sometimes seems that the player he mentions the least is the player he targets. Although they did bring Rondo back for a second workout last year. You can't believe what Danny says, though. He outright denied that he was looking to trade Walker just days before the trade went down. He denied that he had any trades on the table hours before the Wally trade. So, take what Danny says with a grain of salt.
All we can do is watch and wait and pray that Danny doesn't throw our pick away on a third string player or a veteran who will be a quick fix for a couple of years while we watch the player we could have picked go on to be Rookie of the year and an all star. In the meantime, I wouldn't put too much stock in the mock drafts, or in what Danny says.