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The Community Mock draft is getting down to the final picks. The Boston Celtics are, again, on the clock.

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With the 28th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select Rashad Vaughn, Guard, UNLV.


Rashad Vaughn is a scorer, and that's something the Celtics could definitely use. The Celtics have two players who can reliably get their own shot in the undersized Isaiah Thomas and the overweight Jared Sullinger. Avery Bradley has also grown as a scorer, but he's still not a pure scorer and is also undersized. Vaughn is a natural scorer and possesses solid size for an NBA shooting guard at 6'5".

Per Draft Express:

"Vaughn's biggest appeal as a NBA prospect revolves around his tremendous scoring instincts from the perimeter, specifically his shot-making prowess. He averaged over 22 points per-40 minutes at the age of 18, which is something only 29 players in the last 15 years of college basketball can boast, all but eight of whom ended up being NBA players.

Vaughn can make shots in a variety of ways, be it with his feet set or off the dribble, coming off screens, pulling up out of isos, and on the pick and roll. He has excellent mechanics, and is very reliable in catch and shoot situations, sporting range out to the NBA line, and making 38% of his 3-pointers as a freshman, on a very high volume of attempts. At the bare minimum, he will be able to space the floor adequately at the NBA level, which has value in and of itself.

But Vaughn is more than just a stand-still shooter. The threat of his jumper causes defenses to close out very aggressively, giving him room to attack the basket in a straight line, which he is capable of doing. He has the strength to finish around the rim or draw fouls, and the touch to throw in runners and floaters with very soft touch."

From DraftExpress.com

The knock on Vaughn is his offensive BBIQ. The ball can stick in his hands and he's prone to chucking up terrible shots. With that said, he's only 18 years old and has plenty of time to develop. The Celtics are hoping that Brad Stevens can get through to him and teach him how to operate effectively and efficiently within the confines of an NBA offense. Vaughn is a boom or bust type player; a gamble that makes sense for the Celtics with the 28th pick.

*All hail Danny Ainge the annihilator of hunger, the vanquisher poverty, the demolisher of corruption*
TyLawesome and the Brooklyn Nets are on the clock.