The 2011 NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday night, with the Celtics  holding picks No. 25 (first round) and 55 (second round).
The Celtics have used the draft for players that have played a significant role in the team’s growth. They selected Paul Pierce  in the first round back in 1998. They also selected Jeff Green  in the first round of the 2007 draft before trading him to the SuperSonics in a deal that got the Celtics Ray Allen . Other notable Celtics draft picks of late include Avery Bradley  and Luke Harangody last year, Ryan Gomes  in 2005 and Al Jefferson , Delonte West  and Tony Allen  in 2004.
Many draft experts have weighed in with their thoughts about how this draft will play out, with no consensus on which direction the Celtics will go.
ESPN’s Chad Ford  writes that the Celtics will take enigmatic center Jeremy Tyler. Tyler decided to try playing professional basketball in Israel after his junior year of high school in San Diego. It didn’t work out for him, so he took his talents to Japan to play in that country’s professional basketball league.
Noted Ford: ‘The Celtics are going to start rebuilding soon, and they need to hit a home run again the same way they did with Rajon Rondo . Tyler could be that guy. If he had played in college, he might have had a chance to be a top-10 pick with his talent.’
In the second round, Ford has the Celtics taking Jamine Peterson, a forward who played two seasons at Providence before jumping to the NBDL last year.
Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick  has the Celtics staying local and selecting Boston College  guard Reggie Jackson . ‘Apparently, the Celtics aren’t concerned about Jackson’s minor knee surgery in mid-May, as a source insists he won’t get past Boston,’ Amick wrote. ‘He would need some grooming, but the lengthy, two-way player could eventually be a dynamic option behind Rajon Rondo.’
Fox Sports’ mock draft  has the Celtics taking forward Trey Thompkins out of Georgia at No. 25, noting that Thompkins has some solid offensive skills. ‘Thompkins is a highly skilled offensive player with a pretty jump shot and range out to the college 3. He doesn’t wow you with athleticism, but his skill level is that of an NBA vet. He has struggled some this year without a playmaker setting him up, but remains a refined big man with solid potential.’
Fox has the Celtics taking former Ohio State guard David Lighty in the second round.
Here are what some other experts are saying:
Sports Illustrated’s  Chris Mannix: Jeremy Tyler or Reggie Jackson
Yahoo! Sports/Draftexpress.com : UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt
Rotoworld’s  Steve Alexander: Reggie Jackson
Sporting News’  Sean Deveney: Richmond forward Justin Harper
Hoops World : Jeremy Tyler
CBS Sports’  Ben Golliver: UCLA guard Malcolm Lee