NBA Mock Draft 2012: Boston Celtics Projected To Pick Meyers Leonard At No. 21

The Boston Celtics may pick Illinois center Meyers Leonard at number 21, according to the most recent mock draft from Draft Express. The athletic 7-footer would be a project pick as some experts consider him to be unpolished on both offense and defense.

Other mocks have him going sooner in the draft as Centers with his size and athleticism tend to be chosen higher in the draft. Boston would be a good spot for Leonard however as Kevin Garnett is reaching the end of his contract in Boston.

The Sophomore averaged 13.6 points per game in his final season in Illinois. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and showed defensive prowess with 1.9 blocks per game. Leonard would benefit from Boston's defensive philosophy as their 89.3 points allowed was ranked second in the Eastern conference.

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