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SB Nation 2010 NBA Mock Draft: Celtics Take Gordon Hayward With No. 19 Pick

Over at SB Nation, they've posted a 2010 NBA Mock Draft, compiling the work of Scott Schroeder from Ridiculous Upside and a collection of SB Nation's NBA team bloggers.

And rather than getting the "best player available" talk or the canned "he fills an immediate need" analysis you've surely already read by now, instead you get rationalizations, explanations and early-form love letters. Here in the SB Nation Mock Draft, it's okay to reach for a role player who can't score in the lottery. And why not compare a 23-year-old rookie to Scottie Pippen with a better handle?

In the mock draft, SB Nation's excellent Celtics blog, CelticsBlog, took Butler's Gordon Hayward with the No. 19 pick.

I'm not sure how he dropped this far but he's too good to pass up. Hayward's basketball IQ is the stuff that coaches dream of and I think he fits a need backing up Pierce on the wing. If someone like this doesn't drop, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics go big with someone like Solomon Alabi, Daniel Orton or Larry Sanders.