NBA Draft season is heating up, with interview and workout information starting to become a bit more public over the course of the month of June.

The top two picks are likely pretty set at this stage, but this draft takes a massive fork in the road at No. 3. The Celtics have a wide variety of options they could go with, including Jaylen Brown, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Kris Dunn, or even someone like a Buddy Hield. Oh, and lest we forget they have eight picks, meaning Danny Ainge and company might look to wheel and deal even a bit more than usual.

Basically, the Celtics hold the key to this draft in their decision at No. 3. How they choose will hold massive reverberations throughout the entirety of the proceedings.

Jaylen Brown continues to rise in our latest NBA mock draft. USATSI

NBA Mock Draft

1. Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons, SF, LSU: Nothing new on this one. Simmons is the best player in the draft, and the Sixers seem comfortable with some of the potential issues regarding him. Sure, Ingram might be a better fit with some of their pieces. But given that both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor are on the trade block at this stage, it seems likely that the Sixers are trying to work around those roster issues in order to fit him in.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke: Nothing new on this one, either. The Lakers are in a great spot in that they get the second pick in a two person draft, and likely can't really screw this one up. If the Sixers go Simmons, they take Ingram unless they get bowled over with a godfather trade offer. That seems unlikely though given the difference in prospect at No. 2 in this draft versus anywhere else, so it seems rather likely to go down like this.
3. Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown, SG, California: A bit of an adjustment here. Brown had a bit of an up and down season for Cal this year, but is still a 6-7 wing with a 7-foot wingspan who defends like crazy and has offensive talent. He didn't get to show off that talent in a big way this season at Cal due to the team's struggles in terms of spacing the floor, but he's a legitimate slashing threat who should become a really good player in time -- especially in a scheme like Boston's that utilizes versatile players like him well.
4. Phoenix Suns
Dragan Bender, PF, Israel: This would be a really nice fit for the Suns, who really need a stretch-four next to Alex Len and Tyson Chandler. Don't be surprised to hear the name Marquese Chriss connected here (or at No. 3, for that matter), but ultimately I think it's hard to pass on a guy like Bender who has potential to be a really strong player on both ends of the floor. His feel for the game is absolutely superb, and he'd help to space the floor for players like Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
Kris Dunn, PG, Providence: A slight adjustment here. With Tom Thibodeau in tow, it's relatively easy to see why he would like a player like Kris Dunn. Dunn is about as good a defensive player as you'll find, plus is quite good offensively with great vision and athleticism. Yeah, he does overlap a bit with Ricky Rubio. But you need more than two guards in the rotation, and right now there's just not another trustworthy guy on the roster. Also, the Wolves could theoretically look to extract value for an excellent piece in Rubio.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma: I have Jamal Murray a bit higher on my board, but it's not hard to see the Pelicans opting against him and going for the more established Hield. The Oklahoma sharpshooter fits with New Orleans' penchant for desiring older players to pair with Anthony Davis, and it's also worth mentioning Hield's established marketability. Selling tickets is a major thing for the Pelicans, and when two prospects are as close as Hield and Murray are, it's easy to imagine New Orleans management using that as an excuse.
7. Denver Nuggets
Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington: The Nuggets take a flier on Chriss here, hoping and praying that the 6-10 forward pays off next to their cavalcade of big men, including Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic, and Kenneth Faried. Chriss has as high a ceiling as anyone in the draft, but also has just as big a downside as anyone else as well. The Nuggets have three picks in the top 20, and can afford a swing for the fences like the one Chriss represents, even if I personally wouldn't take the Washington big man this high.
8. Sacramento Kings
Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky: The Kings are the beneficiaries of a bit of a strange fall this time around, as Murray could easily go in the top five if the draft breaks the right way. Sacramento will take the good fortune though, as he'd fit in well with their pair of Kentucky big men, plus helps them at a position of need in shooting guard. They could still very much use a point guard assuming that Rajon Rondo doesn't return. But if Rondo does return, Murray's ability to space the floor next to him could really help.
9. Toronto Raptors
Jakob Poeltl, PF, Utah: The Raptors will likely lose Bismack Biyombo to free agency this offseason, meaning Poeltl makes sense as a backup to start with for Jonas Valanciunas. They would probably like to take a stretch-four or potentially a wing in order to brace for if DeMar DeRozan leaves, but Poeltl is the best player remaining on the board and definitely fills a spot of need as the Raptors look to likely rebound next year back into the conference finals.
10. Milwaukee Bucks
Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State: The Bucks tend to like long athletic players with a high upside, and Davis fits that billing. The 6-10 big man is a good defensive player already due to his ability to move his feet and protect the rim, plus he has potential shooting the ball out to around 15 to 18 feet at some point in his career. Davis still has a way's to go, but at the very least he'd give their frontcourt a bit of a different look, especially if they're seriously going to try the Point Giannis experiment.
11. Orlando Magic
Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky: The Magic have an interesting decision coming up here. Do they try to go with a more experienced player that could help them win now, or continue to go with higher upside guys that could turn into stars. Labissiere fits the latter, but he also would give them a bit of a different aspect in terms of their roster right now. They don't really have a big man that can step away and hit jump shots, which is what Labissiere should be able to do at some point in his career after he develops. It's overall a nice situation for him.
12. Utah Jazz
Henry Ellenson, PF-C, Marquette: Ellenson would give the Jazz a bit of a different look in terms of their frontcourt. As something of a stretch-four, he would give them the floor spacing that they typically don't have when Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors share the floor. Plus, you could play any combination of these three players together and probably be relatively okay in terms of offense and defense. Ellenson would be a really great grab for them given that there isn't really the kind of big, athletic wing that they so crave at this stage of the draft.
13. Phoenix Suns
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey: Korkmaz is a pretty highly skilled player that is also one of the youngest players in the draft. He's a good athlete that particularly can get up and throw down, but isn't the best in terms of creating offense for himself at this stage due to a rudimentary dribble. Still, he'd be big enough to pair with Devin Booker on the wing, and would really continue to combine with Bender to provide floor-spacing for their guards. This is a really interesting call here, as none of the players in this area of the draft fully fit the Suns.
14. Chicago Bulls
Wade Baldwin IV, SG, Vanderbilt: While it's not necessarily a consensus, it does seem like Baldwin has become the second-best point guard prospect in the draft. Pretty much every position will be on the table here for the Bulls, but grabbing a point guard with some versatility would probably help given Derrick Rose's history the potential the team has to go in a different direction this offseason. Baldwin is 6-4 with a 6-11 wingspan and has solid athleticism, but he needs to mature his point guard skills in terms of controlling his own tempo and could also stand to shoot it a bit better.
15. Denver Nuggets
Timothe Luwawu, SG, France: Luwawu is really turning into one of the more polarizing players in this draft in terms of where people stand on him. Some really buy the strides he's made this season and consider him worthy of a lottery pick. Others just don't see the offense translating and don't see him providing quite enough defensively versatility due to his skinny frame. I'm more of a believer than a non-believer, and the Nuggets could really use some wing help.
16. Boston Celtics
Ante Zizic, C, Croatia: It seems more and more likely that at least one of the two Croatian centers in Ivica Zubac and Zizic will likely go in the top 20. For me, Zizic is the better prospect as he does a lot of what NBA teams want modern centers to do now in terms of rebounding, playing with a motor defensively, and playing well in the screen and roll on both sides of the floor. Plus, the Celtics could use another big man, and Zizic is among the best remaining at this stage in the draft.
17. Memphis Grizzlies
Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame: Jackson would give the Grizzlies a nice backup option in case Mike Conley leaves in free agency, or he'd provide nice minutes as a backup for him. The Notre Dame guard is a tremendous, powerful athlete that can shoot it and create in the pick-and-roll, and would provide the Nuggets with a really nice insurance plan if things were to begin going awry.
18. Detroit Pistons
Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky: The Pistons need help off of the bench in the worst way, and Ulis would basically immediately help to steady one of the worst secondary units in the NBA. His poise, calm, playmaking ability, and jump-shooting prowess could really benefit the team off of the bench, and his defensive ability at the point of attack isn't something to scoff at either, even given his height. Overall, this is just a solid, smart pick.
19. Denver Nuggets
Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State: The Nuggets are the beneficiaries of a bit of a fall here from Valentine. He'd really help them next season as a terrific secondary ball-handler, great passer, and particularly as a shooter. The Nuggets were among the worst teams in the league in terms of shooting from distance last season, and Valentine is a 40 percent-plus 3-point shooter who also provides a lot of different ability in his well-rounded game. If he can develop as a defender, he's got a shot to make a huge NBA impact.
20. Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga: Sabonis drops a bit from the last mock draft, but realistically his range is anywhere from 12 to 23 or so. He'd be a boon for a Pacers frontcourt that started a wide variety of players last season, including Myles Turner, Lavoy Allen and Jordan Hill at points, and Ian Mahinmi for most of the season. The son of hall of famer Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas is a smart player who rebounds highly effectively and also has great touch around the basket. The key for him will be adding a competent jumper.
21. Atlanta Hawks
Damian Jones, PF, Vanderbilt: The Hawks could lose Al Horford this season, leaving them a bit thin at center. Jones would give them a bit of a different look in regard to Tiago Splitter and Walter Tavares, as he's more of an explosive athlete than either of the two. He still has quite a bit of work to do on his game, but there would be much to like about this pick.
22. Charlotte Hornets
Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina: Do the Hornets need big men? No, not really. They could use a guard like a Malik Beasley, or a bigger point like a Dejounte Murray, or a wing like Taurean Prince to replace Marvin Williams. However, I just genuinely find it hard to believe that Michael Jordan would pass on one of the most productive players in North Carolina history at this spot. It's not necessarily rational on my part, but it's just tough for me to see it.
23. Boston Celtics
Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor: The Celtics have had a ton of success with versatile players who can play multiple positions, and that's where I think Prince comes into play interestingly. He can really hit shots from deep, you can use him to switch onto smaller players or bigger bodies in the paint, and he provides a threat off of the bounce. Prince would be a really nice pickup at this late stage of the first round for a team that generally has success with this specific player type.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia: If the 76ers are serious about trading Okafor and Noel, it actually kind of means they might want to replenish the center stocks for the future. Zubac is a 7-foot-1 big man that many believe could have terrific potential in the pick-and-roll offensively and as a traditional paint defender defensively. He may or may not come over immediately.
25. Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre' Bembry, SF, Saint Joseph's: Bembry would be the kind of wing that would really help a team that's contending early in his career. He's tough, he's smart, he competes, and he plays well within an offensive scheme. He needs to do a lot still in terms of proving himself as a shooter, but Bembry could easily become an excellent fit in between J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin if the team decides to not make any moves this offseason in terms of its core.
26. Philadelphia 76ers
Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington: Some people really like Murray's upside and think he could eventually be a starting point guard, others look at his lack of efficiency in terms of shooting, finishing at the rim, and turning the ball over and wonder why a team would take him in the first round at all. The Sixers need a point guard and Murray could help represent the type of high upside talent that they could use in order to swing for the fences with a late pick.
27. Toronto Raptors
Petr Cornelie, PF, France: Cornelie is the stretch-four prospect that the Raptors could really use. He's a bit further away from contributing than Hernangmomez is, but probably has slightly better upside due to having a bit more height and better feet defensively. Masai Ujiri also scouts overseas as well as any other general manager, so he'll likely be quite familiar with what Cornelie can do.
28. Phoenix Suns
Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas: The Suns could use some more athleticism if they're going to keep all of their picks, so why not grab a bit of a project? Diallo runs the floor as well as any big man, protects the rim a bit, and really moves his feet well on the perimeter defensively. He could be something of an heir apparent to Tyson Chandler and learn from underneath him while in the league.
29. San Antonio Spurs
Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain: The Spurs really like high feel players who can shoot, and Hernangomez fits that about as well as anyone in this draft. He has a smooth, easy stroke, and has been highly successful in the ACB league this season where he won the young player of the year award over future top five pick Luka Doncic and another draft eligible player in Ludde Hakanson.
30. Golden State Warriors
Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State: The rich get a bit richer with this one, as Beasley falling to No. 30 would be a coup for the Warriors. The smooth 6-5 guard is a great shot creator and can really hit open looks. That would fit really well in the Golden State offense, although there is some concern over how valuable he will be defensively at any point in his career. In any regard, Beasley would be able to learn from behind the best and probably become a better player for it.