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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Florida SG Bradley Beal

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 [1] own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins [2] trade) and 51.


Position: Shooting guard

School: Florida

Age: 18

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC first team, 2012 SEC All-Freshman first team, 2012 All-SEC Tournament first team

Key 2011-12 stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 34.2 minutes

What he brings: Beal is a threat from outside thanks to his accurate, quick-release 3-point shooting stroke. Beal also is a good rebounding guard, as he led his team with 6.7 boards in his lone season at Florida. His 3-point shooting, as well as his high basketball IQ and strong work ethic, have drawn comparisons to Ray Allen [3].

While Beal projects well as a marksman at the NBA level, he only has average explosiveness and leaping ability for an NBA guard, and he has average size for an NBA shooting guard at 6-foot-5.

Beal still has developing to do, but his one year in college left him projected as an NBA starter who can make an impact on a team.

Where the Celtics could get him: Beal is projected as a top-10 pick, so the C’s would have to put together a big package to move up that far.

Notes: Beal was named Gatorade High School Player of the Year at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis. … Beal was named tournament MVP while representing Team USA at the U-17 World Championships in 2010.

Recent articles:

Sports Illustrated: Cleveland Cavaliers will draft Florida guard Bradley Beal if available [4]

Sporting News: Bradley Beal still has plenty to prove [5]

Video: Here is a highlight video of Beal’s lone season at Florida.