Well, here’s a surprise. (To me, if not to Iman Shumpert.) Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated has the Georgia Tech guard, whom I feared might not get drafted, going to the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick of Round 1.
(Let the record reflect that Mr. Thomsen — good writer, good guy — lives in Boston and knows the workings of the Celtics well.)
Also surprising: Thomsen has neither of Georgia’s early entries — Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie — being taken in the first round. (The draft is June 23, FYI.)
If you’ve watched the mock drafts, you’ve noted that Thompkins, considered a lottery pick not long ago, has been sliding. NBAdraft.net still has him going in Round 1 — to the Celtics with the 25th pick, which I guess means Shumpert won’t be — and Matt Moore of CBS Sports makes Thompkins the final pick of the first round.
NBADraftExpress has Shumpert going in Round 1 (with the 22nd pick to Denver), and it also has Leslie being taken by Chicago with the first round’s final pick. Thompkins is slotted as the 12th pick of Round 2 (the 42nd overall).
From this, we can deduce a couple of things. First, that Shumpert has been impressive in his postseason workouts, while Thompkins, who was measured as having a 15.5 percent body fat index at the Chicago combine, has turned people off. Second, that the three juniors were justified in leaving school early even if their respective stock has been rather fluid. This is seen as the weakest draft in memory. Had they waited until 2012, they’d have been swimming in a deeper pool.
Owing to the Kirk Hinrich trade, the Hawks have only one pick — the 18th selection of Round 2. NBAdraft.net has them taking Malcolm Thomas, a power forward from San Diego State. NBADraftExpress opts for E’Twuan Moore, a shooting guard from Purdue.
By Mark Bradley