OK boys, so far in my NFL Draft Bold Predictions and MLB Draft Bold Predictions, I have gotten a total of 0 bold predictions correct. Lets see if we can right the ship here...
Celtics take Dragan Bender #3 overall
The draft starts with the Celtics pick at #3 folks. The Sixers and Lakers have all but announced their picks at the podium. While I fully expect the C's to trade out of this pick to acquire some star players (Jahlil Okafor, anyone?), I believe that if the Celtics stay they will pick Bender because of his potential to be a revolutionary power forward. Think Kristaps Porzingis but faster.
Four of the top 10 picks will be traded
I know you might be thinking, "High picks are traded every year, Austin, so what makes this prediction bold?" to which I reply: Back off. Actually, considering that picks 1 and 2 are locked in and not going to be traded, what this prediction really says is that 50% of picks 3-10 will be traded. Look for the Celtics, Suns, and Raptors to be among the teams looking to trade out of their slot.
Thon Maker is Selected in the Top 20
Flash back to two years ago, when we all saw the Thon Maker Hoops Mixtape and recognized that this kid could come in and change the game of basketball on both sides of the court. Flash forward to today... Welcome back. Thon Maker hasn't made the impact we all thought he would and didn't play any college ball. However, his skills are too ballsy (get it?) to pass up, and teams will be looking to trade up in front of the developmentally hungry Sixers and Celtics who sit in the low 20's.
Jimmy Butler Stays in Chi-town
Chi-town means Chicago for all of you squares out there. I'll try to cut the slang for you. Butler, the former All-Star, has been the subject of many trade rumors this offseason. However with Rose gone I can't see the Bulls parting with their last superstar, especially considering Noah and Gasol will likely depart via free agency this offseason.
Marquese Chriss not taken in the Lottery (Top 14 picks)
Chriss the athletic, bouncy forward from the University of Washington has been the recipient of the hottest rise in mock drafts. He wasn't even a top 100 player in his high school class, and now is being projected as a top 5 pick. The "Tom Savage, E.J. Manuel theory" as us football guys like to call it. The media becomes enamored with a guy who isn't good and he begins to rise up big boards. It never works out like they want it to.