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NBA Mock Draft Roundup for Kentucky Wildcats; Jamal Murray up; Skal Labissiere down

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Could we see Boston land two Wildcats in this year's NBA draft?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since John Calipari came to Kentucky, we've seen multiple NBA teams become populated with former Wildcats.

But one team who's not had many Cats recently are the Boston Celtics. As of now, James Young is the only UK alumni they have, and he's spent most of his time in the D-League since becoming the 17th-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

But this year's draft will likely see Boston with three-first round picks, five top-35 picks and as many as eight total selections. That probably makes the Celtics the favorite to land at least on Cat in this year's draft, and Chad Ford thinks they may land a pair with their first two picks.

In his latest ESPN NBA Mock Draft, Ford has Jamal Murray landing in Boston with the fourth-overall pick, followed by Skal Labissiere with the 16th pick.

4. Boston Celtics: Jamal Murray

The Celtics would have a tough choice here between Murray, Kris Dunn, Henry Ellenson and Jaylen Brown. You could make an argument for all of them.

But Murray's positional versatility, jump shot (33-for-64 from 3 in his past seven games), ultra-competitiveness and high basketball IQ might give him the nod for Danny Ainge, who prizes all of those characteristics.

He's not an elite athlete, and his defense can still use work, but Murray's strengths are heavily outweighing his weaknesses at the moment.

16. Boston Celtics: Skal Labissiere

Danny Ainge isn't afraid to gamble. This is the Celtics' second pick of the draft, and they can afford to take a risk.

On his play alone, Labissiere doesn't deserve to be drafted in the first round, but scouts continue to see so much upside. His ability to both block shots and stretch the floor is intriguing.

Over at Draft Express, their latest mock has Murray going seventh overall to the New Orleans Pelicans to give Anthony Davis some much-needed help. I think this is the best fit for Murray since New Orleans badly need more guards and aren't that far away from becoming a playoff team again, despite their struggles this season.

Elsewhere, Skal falls to the Denver Nuggets with the 19th pick as he's now being projected to fall out of the lottery in both major mock drafts. The more he falls, the more likely he is to return next season.

That mock also has Tyler Ulis going 47th overall to the Chicago Bulls to team up with former Calipari guard Derrick Rose. They then have Isaiah Briscoe going 48th to the Nuggets, meaning we'd see a Skal/Briscoe combo based on the Draft Express projection, while no other Cat gets drafted.

The latest nbadraft.net mock draft has Murray going sixth overall to the Nuggets who also have multiple first-round picks, so maybe we see a Cat land in the Mile High City.

That same mock has Skal going 14th overall to the Detroit Pistons, just barely inside the lottery. They also have Ulis going 45th to the Utah Jazz while no other Cats get drafted.

So to recap, Ulis is projected to go in the 40s while neither Marcus Lee nor Alex Poythress are expected to be drafted. Briscoe is no longer a first-round prospect and is probably better served coming back next season.