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A history of Danny Ainge’s first-round picks 08.16.13 at 9:05 am ET
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With Fab Melo dealt to the Grizzlies Thursday, the Celtics have already moved on from a player they selected 22nd overall in the 2012 NBA draft. In honor of that move, here is a look at all of the Celtics’€™ first-round picks under Danny Ainge and how they worked out for the club.

2003

Marcus Banks (13th overall) ‘€“ The Celtics traded up to acquire Banks, dealing the 16th and 20th overall picks (Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones) for him and the 27th overall pick Kendrick Perkins. Banks was a disappointment with the Celtics, and only played only five games in three seasons with Boston before being traded along with Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, Justin Reed and two second round picks for Dwayne Jones, Michael Olowokandi, Wally Szczerbiak, and a 2009 first round pick. Banks last played with the Raptors ‘€” his fifth team in eight years in the league ‘€” in 2010-11, when he averaged 2.0 points in 7.3 minutes per game.

Kendrick Perkins (27th overall) ‘€“ Perkins, a center project out of high school, was the better half of that draft day trade and became the Celtics starting center in 2006-07. He used his strong defensive play to help the Celtics to an NBA Championship in 2008, and averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2009-10. Perkins was traded with Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, cash and a 2012 first round pick ‘€” which turned into Melo.

2004

Al Jefferson (15th overall) ‘€“ Jefferson was supposed to be the big man of the future, and was one of the Celtics top players in 2006-07 when he averaged 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game. Jefferson was the centerpiece in the package that the Celtics sent to Minnesota to acquire Kevin Garnett. Since then, Jefferson has been one of the best centers in the league with the Timberwolves and the Jazz. Jefferson signed a three-year deal worth an estimated $41 million with the Bobcats this offseason.

Delonte West (24th overall) ‘€“ West had success with the Celtics early in his career, when he started at guard for Boston between 2005-07. West was a part of the trade that landed the Celtics Ray Allen though, and was later dealt to the Cavaliers where he started for a little over one season. West had brief stints with the Celtics and Mavericks between 2010-12, but did not play in the league last season.

Tony Allen (25th overall) ‘€“ Allen has consistently been a strong defensive guard throughout his career, and helped the Celtics to the 2008 championship when he spent time guarding Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Allen signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent in 2010 and started all 79 games that he played last season.

2005

Gerald Green (18th overall) ‘€“ Green was good for a few highlight dunks, but he has not made a real impact in the league as a small forward/shooting guard. Since being included in the Garnett trade, Green has spent time with five different teams. He did not play in the league in the 2009-10 or 2010-11 seasons, but made a nice comeback with the Nets in 2011-12 when he averaged 12.9 points in 25.2 minutes per game.

2006

The Celtics traded their first round pick (Randy Foye ‘€” 7th overall) along with Dan Dickau and Raef LaFrentz to the Portland Trail Blazers for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second round pick. Telfair, who was the major piece in the trade, only spent one season with the Celtics before being included in the trade for Garnett.

2007

The Celtics traded their first round pick (Jeff Green ‘€” 5th overall) along with West and Szczerbiak for Allen. Ainge re-acquired Green in a trade for Kendrick Perkins and averaged 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game last season.

2008

J.R. Giddens (30th overall) ‘€“ Giddens spent two seasons with the Celtics organization and only played in 27 games before being traded alongside Eddie House, Bill Walker and a 2014 second round pick for Marcus Landry and Nate Robinson. Giddens last played in 2010 with the Knicks, when he averaged 4.1 points in 12.7 minutes per game.

2009

The Celtics had included their pick in the trade for Garnett. The Timberwolves selected Wayne Ellington with the pick.

2010

Avery Bradley (19th overall) ‘€“ Bradley started out slow, only averaging 5.2 minutes per game in 31 games his rookie season. However, he has emerged as a very good defensive guard in his second and third seasons as a Celtics, and was a starter for Boston in 2012-13. He averaged 9.2 points and 1.3 steals in 28.7 minutes per game last season and is slated to start again for the Celtics this upcoming season.

2011

JaJuan Johnson (27th overall) ‘€“ Johnson was acquired in a draft-day trade for Marshon Brooks and a second round pick, and only spent one season with the Celtics before being dealt in a three-team deal that landed Boston Courtney Lee. Johnson did not play in the NBA last season.

2012

Jared Sullinger (21th overall) ‘€“ Sullinger averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game in his rookie season before missing the rest of the season with a back injury. The Ohio State product started five games last season.

Fab Melo (22th overall) ‘€“ Melo averaged 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in six games with Boston last season before being traded along with cash for Donte Green Thursday.

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Report: Lakers, Celtics among six teams to pay luxury tax 07.10.13 at 12:36 pm ET
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Neither the Celtics or the Lakers made it out of the first round of the playoffs last season, but making it that far cost Los Angeles more than it did for Boston.

The Lakers reportedly will pay a league-high $29.25 million worth of luxury tax for their payroll last season, while the Celtics will pay only $1.18 million. The Heat ($13.34 million), Nets ($12.88 million), Knicks ($9.96 million), and Bulls ($3.93 million) are the other four teams that have to pay a luxury tax for their payrolls last season.

The NBA also announced its salary cap and luxury tax threshold for the 2013-14 season, and going over the luxury tax threshold will be even more costly for teams than it was this past season. The Nets, who have a similar payroll to the Lakers this past season, are projected to have to pay around $75 million in luxury tax payments after next season if they keep the payroll they have now.

Fifty percent of the total tax paid by the six teams will fund the league’€™s revenue sharing for the 2012-13 season, according to the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. The rest of it will be distributed evenly among the league’€™s remaining 24 teams.

According to the ESPN report, the six teams will receive an invoice by Monday and have to remit their payment by July 24. The money will be distributed to the 24 teams before July 29.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: French C Rudy Gobert 06.26.13 at 5:52 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

RUDY GOBERT

Position: Center

Team: Cholet Basket (France)

Age: 20

Height: 7-foot-2

Weight: 238 pounds

Achievements: All-French ProA Honorable Mention (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 8.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 21.4 minutes

What he brings: The first thing that should be noted about Gobert is his freakish height and reach. Gobert’€™s 7-foot, 8½-inch wingspan and 9-foot, 7-inch standing reach are NBA combine records, and he has the physical tools to be an effective NBA center. That size helps him rebound, as he averaged 9.3 boards per 40 minutes last season.

Gobert can move well, which helps him as an effective pick-and-roll defender. His size makes him effective around his own rim, and he has good instincts as a shot-blocker.

However, Gobert is not a good shooter, and he struggles if he does not finish at the rim. While he is big, he needs to get stronger if he is going to be effective at scoring around the basket in the NBA.

Notes: Gorbert’€™s father, Rudy Bourgarel, played basketball at Marist College from 1985-88 before playing professionally in France. He played on the 1988 French Olympic team. … Rudy shares an agent with Trail Blazers forward Nicholas Batum, who also is from France.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Spotlight: Rudy Gobert

SB Nation: Rudy Gobert and the hazardous intrigues of potential

Video: Here is a highlight mix of Gobert.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Brazilian C Lucas Nogueira 06.25.13 at 12:51 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

LUCAS NOGUEIRA

Position: Center

Team: Asefa Estudiantes (Spain’s ACB League)

Age: 20

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 220 pounds

Key 2012-13 stats: 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 13.6 minutes

What he brings: Nogueira’€™s 7-foot, 5-inch wingspan makes him an excellent defensive player and has encouraged comparisons between him and Marcus Camby. While he has yet to fully develop into his frame, he is an excellent player in the paint and averaged 5.0 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes last season.

As a scorer, Nogueira is rather limited. While he is among the better finishers in the draft around the rim, he does not have a very good jump shot and does not handle the ball well. However, thanks to his size and length, he has a chance at scoring on any drive and dish opportunity by the basket.

Notes: Nogueira, who goes by the nickname ‘€œBebe,’€ declared for the 2011 draft but eventually backed out. Therefore, he cannot back out of the 2013 draft.

Recent articles:

Hoops World: Lucas Nogueira: The Next Marcus Camby?

Pro Basketball Talk: Lucas Nogueira says he’s flexible on developing his skill set either in Europe or the NBA

Video: Here’s a look at Nogueira in action from this past season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan SG Tim Hardaway Jr. 06.25.13 at 5:43 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

TIM HARDAWAY JR.

Position: Shooting guard

School: Michigan

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: Coaches’ All-Big Ten first team (2013), Media All-Big Ten second team (2013), NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player (2012), All-Big Ten third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists

What he brings: Hardaway Jr. has good athleticism for a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, and excels at getting to the rim in transition according to DraftExpress.com. However, he is a good shooter from beyond the arc, especially in spot-up shots, as he hit 44 percent of his unguarded spot-up shots from 3-point range last season.

While he does not have great length — he only has a 6-foot-7 wingspan — Hardaway’€™s athleticism and motor give him the potential to be a good NBA defender. That wingspan makes him less likely to get steals and rebounds, though, as he recorded only 0.7 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. He has to improve his consistency, too, as he tended to lose focus on the defensive end.

Notes: He is the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who spent 14 years in the NBA with the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets and Pacers. … Trey Burke, a teammate of his at Michigan, is projected to be taken among the top eight selections in the draft.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Heat scout Hardaway sees a familiar face in Michigan guard

Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. enjoying benefits of fatherly advice

Video: Here’s a highlight package of Hardaway.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: German PG Dennis Schroeder 06.24.13 at 2:32 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

DENNIS SCHROEDER

Position: Point guard

Team: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 165 pounds

Achievements: Basketball Bundesliga Most Improved Player (2013), Basketball Bundesliga Best Young German Player (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 24.7 minutes

What he brings: Drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo, Schroeder is one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2013 draft. He has a freakish body type, as he is 6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. Schroeder uses his ability to change speeds effectively, but his shooting stroke is what separates him as a point guard. He shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range last season and 84 percent from the free throw line.

However, Schroeder has to work on his decision-making with the ball, as analysts note that he tends to force passes into tight areas. He averaged 4.0 turnovers per 40 minutes last season, compared to 5.3 assists per 40 minutes. Schroeder also needs to improve his ability to handle bigger opponents on defense, so getting stronger will be part of his growth process.

Notes: Schroeder did not work out at the combine or Eurocamp, leading to rumors that he has a promise to be drafted by an NBA team. According to Hoops Hype, that team is the Celtics, who could take him at 16. Schroeder insisted that nobody has promised him anything, though. According to Sporting News, Schroeder sat out of drills because he had a toothache.

Recent articles:

Hoops Hype: Schroeder fulfilling promise to late father

WEEI: NBA draft guru Jeff Goodman on Celtics: ‘I’d look at Dennis Schroeder or Shane Larkin at No. 16

Video: Here’s a package of Schroeder highlights.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell 06.23.13 at 5:58 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

TONY MITCHELL

Position: Power forward

School: North Texas

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 213 pounds

Achievements: All-Sun Belt second team (2013), All-Sun Belt first team (2012), Sun Belt All-Tournament team (2012), Sun Belt Freshman of the Year (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks

What he brings: According to SB Nation’€™s scouting report of Mitchell, he has ‘€œthe size of a power forward and the athleticism of a shooting guard.’€ He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and is an explosive leaper, making him an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. He is strong around the rim and fights through contact to score from in close. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range his freshman year at North Texas.

His numbers dropped during his sophomore season of 2012-13. The knock on him is that he was lazy on defense last season and tended to stand and watch on the defensive glass. Mitchell also struggled with defensive positioning at times and got lost in dead ball situations. He is a raw prospect but could be the steal of the draft depending on how he responds to a professional environment.

Notes:  Mitchell, who hails from Dallas, committed to play at Missouri out of high school in 2010. However, he had some NCAA issues related to his academics (due mainly to a stint at Center of Life Christian Academy in Miami, a non-accredited prep school), so he instead chose to play as a partial qualifier at North Texas. If he is selected in the first round, he will be the first player to spend his entire college basketball playing at North Texas to do so.

Recent articles:

USA Today: Tony Mitchell doesn’t regret NBA decision 

Sports Illustrated: Ex-Mizzou recruit Mitchell ready to make comeback at North Texas

Video: Here is a highlight video of Mitchell.

And here is a feature video on Mitchell finding his home in North Texas.

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