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Michael Carter-Williams: Playing for Celtics ‘would be a blessing’

05.28.13 at 9:05 pm ET
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Even the most trusted experts can’€™t agree on where Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams will go in next month’€™s NBA draft. While many forecast the Hamilton, Mass., native as a top-10 pick, ESPN.com’€™s Chad Ford slotted him to the Celtics at No. 16 as recently as three weeks ago.

‘€œI don’€™t really pay attention to any of the mock drafts,’€ Carter-Williams told WEEI.com’€™s Ben Rohrbach on his Green Street podcast. ‘€œAt the end of the day, they’€™re all pretty much wrong anyway.’€

That’€™s why the point guard was caught off guard when the Boston Herald’€™s Steve Bulpett asked him at this month’€™s NBA scouting combine about playing for the Boston team he grew up rooting for on the North Shore.

‘€œI kind of want to get away and play somewhere else,’€ he told Bulpett.

Given some time to mull the possibility of playing for his hometown C’€™s, Carter-Williams sang a different tune on Rohrbach’€™s podcast this week.

‘€œIf I was drafted by the Celtics, I’€™d be just as happy as I would being drafted by anyone else,’€ said the 21-year-old. ‘€œIt’€™s a great place. It’€™s been home to me. It would be a blessing to play there. I’€™d be real excited. I guess the question caught me off guard. That’€™s how I really feel. I’€™d be happy to play for them as well as any other team.’€

While a bevy of teams interviewed Carter-Williams at the combine, the Celtics were not one of them, and Danny Ainge has not yet reached out to him about a potential workout. If the 6-foot-6, 185-pound floor general’€™s self-evaluation is any indication, he would fit in quite nicely as backup to All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

‘€œI think I’€™m smart out there, and I make most of the right plays,’€ he said when asked about his strengths. ‘€œDefensively, I think I would be great, and I’€™m working on my shot, making it more consistent — just being a positive asset to the team is something that I think I’€™m able to do.’€

During the podcast, Carter-Williams touched on just about everything: Jim Boeheim‘€™s loyalty; cold Syracuse winters; 2012 Celtics picks Fab Melo and Kris Joseph; a heartbreaking Final Four loss; and former AAU teammate Nerlens Noel — his good friend who seems to be the only thing NBA draft experts can agree upon.

‘€œHe’€™s a great player, especially on the defensive end,’€ Carter-Williams said of the likely top overall pick. ‘€œHe’€™s a game-changer. He’€™s a great kid, and he can just flat-out play the game. He needs to improve offensively, but that will come. He gets a lot of easy baskets from offensive rebounds or alley-oops, and he’€™ll develop some post moves. He has a lot to learn, and I think that’€™s great. He has a big upside, so the sky’€™s the limit for him.’€

So, what’€™s the ceiling for Carter-Williams? You’€™ll have to listen to the podcast for some clues.

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