Archive for June, 2012

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Alabama PF JaMychal Green

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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.

JAMYCHAL GREEN

Position: Power forward

Team: Alabama

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 217 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches), 2011 All-SEC first team (coaches), 2009 SEC All-Freshman team

Key 2011-12 stats: 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 29.2 minutes

What he brings: Green is an effective low-post scorer, and he can get a high-release hook shot off over taller defenders. However, he is limited with other moves in the post and could become predictable at the next level. The intensity that he has in the paint should make him a very good rebounder and a serviceable scorer at the next level.

Green is inconsistent on the defensive end, though, because he does not have great lateral movement. He is a little undersized for a power forward in the NBA and is not a good enough athlete to make up for it.

He has potential due to his length but will likely be a second-round pick and serve as a bench player for an NBA team.

Where the Celtics could get him: Green is projected to be taken late in the second round, so he should be available to the Celtics at No. 51.

Notes: Green was given a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team in February, which was his third suspension in his time with Alabama. This could be a red flag for an NBA team looking to draft Green. … Green performed well in April at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for draft prospects. In his opening game he scored 29 points on 14-for-18 shooting with 10 rebounds. He finished as the tournament’s second-leading scorer, shooting 64 percent from the field.

Recent articles:

Detroit Free Press: Alabama’s JaMychal Green — potential second-rounder — improving stock after college days

ESPN: Alabama suspends JaMychal Green

Video: Here is a short highlight clip of Green.

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Baylor SF/PF Perry Jones III

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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.

PERRY JONES III

Position: Small forward/power forward

School: Baylor

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-11

Weight: 234 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All Big-12 third team, 2011 All-Big 12 second team, 2011 Big-12 All-Rookie team

Key 2011-12 stats: 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 50.0 FG%, 30.7 minutes

What he brings: Jones, who leaves Baylor after his sophomore season, is one of the most athletic players in the draft, as his size and quickness give him the potential to be an impact player at the NBA level. He is a smooth ball-handler, a good shooter from mid-range, and a good rebounder thanks to his 7-foot-2 wingspan.

While he moves quickly like a big guard, he could be tougher in the paint if he wants to handle the contact at the NBA level. For a player his size, he needs to work on his post play and his aggressiveness if he wants to reach his full potential.

He was not very consistent at the college level and his effort was questioned at times. If the Celtics do draft Jones, they will draft him based upon his potential and not necessarily his production in college.

Where the Celtics could get him: Jones has been mocked all around the first round, including at pick No. 21 to the Celtics. Jones has a good chance of being in line for the Celtics to take him with either one of their first two picks.

Notes: The NCAA declared Jones ineligible toward the end of the season after an investigation about whether he received improper benefits from an AAU coach before going to college. He would have had to serve a five-game suspension and pay back $700 if he wanted to return to Baylor next year.

Recent articles:

Sports Illustrated: Baylor’€™s Jones finally tapping into potential

Fox Sports Ohio: Jones a gifted mystery man

Video: Here is a highlight package of Jones’€™ sophomore season

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Serbian G Nemanja Nedovic

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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.

NEMANJA NEDOVIC

Position: Point guard

Team: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 195 pounds

Key 2011-12 stats: 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 17.8 minutes

What he brings: Nedovic possesses solid fundamentals and excellent athleticism that could help him excel at the next level. At 6-foot-3, he is a natural ‘tweener combo guard who could take up either position in the NBA. His vertical leap (measured at 41 inches last year) stands out in his game as well as his ability to drive the lane and finish at the rim, which is something scouting reports indicate he could excel at in the NBA.

Despite his strengths, Nedovic’€™s weaknesses significantly hurt his draft stock and may keep him from getting drafted. His ball-handling skills and court vision — both important skills for an NBA point guard — are fairly weak and are compounded by the fact that he lacks a consistent jump shot. His quickness and athleticism allow him to be a consistent defender, but his weaknesses may ultimately be Nedovic’€™s demise.

Where the Celtics could get him: Nedovic is expected to go late in the second round or be undrafted.

Notes: A native of Serbia, Nedovic was as a member of the Serbian U-20 national team in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He is on the preliminary list of 24 players who will participate for FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification.

Video: Here are highlights from Nedovic’€™s 2011-12 season with Red Star.

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Central Connecticut PF Ken Horton

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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.

KEN HORTON

Position: Power forward

School: Central Connecticut

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-NEC first team, 2011 NEC Player of the Year, 2011 All-America honorable mention, 2009 All-NEC second team, 2008 NEC All-Rookie team

Key 2011-12 stats: 19 points, 49.1 FG%, 8.9 rebounds

What he brings: Horton, who holds the Central Connecticut all-time scoring record (1,966 points), can shoot from multiple spots on the court and can rebound as well, but he can work on driving to the net. He is an underrated prospect because he’s from a small conference.

Where the Celtics could get him: Horton will be fortunate to be a late-second-round pick. He’s more likely to go undrafted. He is expected to receive offers from European teams.

Notes: Horton missed the 2009-10 season due to a hip injury that required surgery. … He was arrested last September for a breach of peace after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.

Recent articles:

Hartford Courant: Central’s Ken Horton hopes bumpy ride ends with trip to NCAA tournament

Hartford Courant: Central Connecticut’s Ken Horton signs with agent, will attend Portsmouth Invitational

Video: Here is a video of Horton breaking the Central Connecticut scoring record.

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Iona PG Scott Machado

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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.

SCOTT MACHADO

Position: Point guard

School: Iona

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 206 pounds

Achievements: 2012 MAAC Player of the Year, 2012 All-MAAC first team, 2012 All-MAAC Tournament team, 2011 All-MAAC first team, 2011 All-MAAC Tournament team, 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 13.6 points, 9.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 35.5 minutes, 3.3 turnovers, 49.5 FG%, 40.4 3P%

What he brings: Machado is a pure point guard with very good passing ability and court awareness. He has good decision-making ability and has improved his jump shot enough to be considered a backup point guard option at the NBA level.

Machado does not have the ideal size for an NBA point guard and is not quick enough to be a reliable perimeter defender against pro talent. He is a compact 6-foot-2 and does not have the length to make up for his lack of lateral quickness.

Machado is not likely to be a starting NBA point guard, but he could serve as a solid bench option at the pro level.

Where the Celtics could get him: Machado is projected as a late second-round pick if he is selected at all, so the Celtics have options should they be looking for a backup for Rajon Rondo.

Notes: Machado led all of Division 1 last season with 281 total assists (9.9 per game). He is the all-time leader in Iona and MAAC history with 880 career assists. ‘€¦ If Machado is drafted, he will be the first player from Iona selected since Sean Green went to the Pacers in the second round in 1991.

Recent articles:

Detroit Free Press: Iona point guard Scott Machado on Pistons’€™ radar

ESPN: Iona’€™s Machado inspired by Linsanity

Video: Here is a highlight package of Machado (3) in his team’s matchup with Niagara on Jan. 6.

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgian F Tornike Shengelia

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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.

TORNIKE SHENGELIA

Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Charleroi (Belgium)

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 228 pounds

Key 2011-12 stats: 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 45.2 FG%

What he brings: Shengelia brings a lot of energy to the floor and possesses upside both at the offensive and defensive end. Although he’€™s 6-foot-9, he can play on the low post and with his back to the basket as he has an array of moves and excellent footwork. He’€™s also a very solid rebounder and has the ability to see the floor and pass with ease to his teammates.

Shengelia displays tremendous size and has the versatility to play both small forward and power forward in the NBA with his combination of strength and agility. He has a high motor that helps him get end to end fairly quickly and crash the glass with efficiency. He pulled down 9.2 rebounds per 40 minutes in the Euroleague, which is one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Shengelia’€™s worst attribute appears to be his outside shot, which he hasn’€™t been able to hit with consistency. That will likely need to improve at the next level for him to see the floor consistently as a role player. Defensively Shengelia is solid but will need to improve there as well to reach his full potential.

Where the Celtics could get him: Shengelia is projected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: Shengelia is a member of the Georgian national team. ‘€¦ He played consistent minutes in 2011-12 for the Belgian club Spirou Basket Charleroi in the Euroleague. ‘€¦ He finished second in camp MVP voting at the adidas Eurocamp in 2012.

Video: Here’€™s a closer look at Shengelia in action with the Georgian national team.

NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Yale PF/C Greg Mangano

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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.

GREG MANGANO

Position: Power forward/center

School: Yale

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 231 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Ivy League first team, 2012 NABC All-District team, 2011 All-Ivy League first team, 2011 NABC All-District team,

Key 2011-12 stats: 18.2 points, 47.4 FG%, 9.6 rebounds

What he brings: Despite being listed as a center by Yale athletics, Mangano’s scoring ability makes him more of a combination player. He isn’t the fastest player on the court but he moves well for someone his size, allowing him to shoot from multiple places on the floor, ranging from under the net to the perimeter.

The majority of Mangano’s rebounds are defensive, as he doesn’t excel at hitting offensive glass. In his senior year he led Yale in scoring, although he had trouble from the free throw line, finishing with a 65.5 percent conversion rate.

Where the Celtics could get him: If he gets drafted, Mangano will go late in the second round.

Notes: The Connecticut native declared for the 2011 draft to see if teams were interested in him but withdrew his name before the deadline. … Last summer he appeared in the 2011 World University Games as a part of Team USA. … Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots the past two seasons. His 213 career blocks rank first all-time in Yale history.

Recent articles:

New Haven Register: Yale’s Greg Mangano opens some eyes at showcase

Hartford Courant: Yale’s Mangano Returning For Senior Season With Pro Career In Mind

Video: Here are some highlights of Yale’s win over Albany that features Mangano (44) hitting shots from all over the court.