As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics  own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins  trade) and 51.
Position: Power forward/center
Weight: 250 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Big East third team
Key 2011-12 stats: 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 46.2 FG%, 27.5 minutes
What he brings: Sims is an athletic big man who uses his lanky frame well. He can run the floor well for his size and has a great pair of hands. Offensively, his game doesn’t stretch past the 15-foot range but his post play is pretty solid.
The biggest problem with Sims is that he didn’t come on until later in his college career. He averaged less than 15 minutes a game until his senior season, where he filled a larger role playing more than 27 minutes a game. The Georgetown product also isn’t the most sound rebounder.
Since Sims didn’t start receiving significant time until his senior year he is still considered a major project. However his height and long frame are always things NBA scouts look for. He could become a solid body off the bench for the Celtics in years to come.
Where the Celtics could get him: Sims should still be available when the Celtics pick in Round 2, or he might be an undrafted free agent.
Notes: Sims had only started one game before his senior year. As a junior, he led the team by shooting 57.8 percent of his field goals.
Video: Here are some highlights of Sims from two games this past season.