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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: San Diego State SG Jamaal Franklin 06.14.13 at 12:07 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.

Jamaal Franklin (AP)

Jamaal Franklin uses his size and athleticism to get to the rim, but his shooting is a question mark. (AP)

JAMAAL FRANKLIN

Position: Shooting guard

School: San Diego State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: Mountain West All-Conference first team (2013, 2012), Mountain West Player of the Year (2012), AP All-America honorable mention (2012) Mountain West All-Tournament Team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals

What he brings: Franklin has good size for an NBA shooting guard and uses that and his athleticism to get to the rim and draw fouls. He averaged 8.2 free throw attempts per 40 minutes last season and was aggressive in transition. He improved significantly at his passing in his junior season, as he improved from 1.9 assists per to 4.0 assists per 40 minutes. However, he is not a great perimeter shooter, making only 23.7 percent of his shots in catch-and-shoot situations.

On the defensive end, Franklin is uses his good motor to make plays. He recorded 2.0 steals per 40 minutes last season and used his quickness to jump into passing lanes. However, he gets overaggressive at times and can get beat off the dribble. His biggest impact comes on the defensive glass, as he averaged 9.4 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes, which puts him among the top rebounding shooting guards in the class.

Notes: Franklin, who declared for the draft after his junior season, missed the draft combine due to a sprained ankle. He was scheduled to visit with the Celtics but a workout was in question. … As a freshman, Franklin was a bit player on a team that went 34-3 and received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion UConn. He became a starter as a sophomore and led the Aztecs back to the NCAAs the last two seasons, although they were not able to get past the opening weekend.

Recent articles:

Pro Basketball Talk: Jamaal Franklin can dunk, but can he shoot?

SB Nation: Jamaal Franklin scouting report

Video: Here’s a highlight package from Franklin’s 2012-13 season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kansas C Jeff Withey 06.13.13 at 9:40 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.

Jeff Withey

Jeff Withey, a 7-footer from Kansas, scored 13.7 points and averaged 3.9 blocks per game this past season. (AP)

JEFF WITHEY

Position: Center

School: Kansas

Age: 23

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 235 pounds

Achievements: All-Big 12 first team (2013), Consensus All-America second team (2013), NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2013), Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2013), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2012), Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2013, 2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks

What he brings: Offensively, Withey is most effective when working without the ball, and scores most of his points following a pick and roll or a drive from a guard. According to Draft Express’ scouting report, Withey was the top player in college basketball at scoring efficiency in non-post up situations, with a 79 percent field goal percentage around the basket.

On the defensive end, Withey shines as a shot blocker, swatting 4.9 shots per 40 minutes during the 2012-13 season. However, he has to gain some weight and get stronger in preparation for facing up with the big men in the NBA.

Notes: Withey is a former volleyball player, which has helped him with timing his shot blocks. He was originally committed to Louisville, but switched his commitment to Arizona. When he didn’t see any playing time during his freshman season, he transferred to Kansas and took over as a starter once twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris left for the NBA.

Recent articles:

Newsday: Jeff Withey, Allen Crabbe work out for Knicks

NJ.com: Knicks draft watch: Both Knicks, Nets interested in Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng, Kansas’ Jeff Withey?

Kansas City Star: Withey’s volleyball background was a building block 

Video: Here’s a package of highlights from Withey’s 2012-13 season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 06.13.13 at 3:31 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.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (AP)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named SEC Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points per game. (AP)

KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

Position: Shooting guard

School: Georgia

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: SEC Player of the Year (2013), All-SEC first team (2013), SEC All-Freshman team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals

What he brings: Caldwell-Pope is an offensive threat due to his shooting ability. He averaged 21.8 points per 40 minutes and showed a great ability to knock down shots when coming off screens or spotting up. However, he also showed great athleticism and could finish at the rim against smaller defenders.

While Caldwell-Pope’s short wingspan leaves his defensive potential limited, he has shown the ability to be an effective wing defender, according to Draft Express’ scouting report. He is a strong defender in isolation, but he needs to improve some flaws in off-ball movement — especially in pick-and-roll situations.

Notes: Caldwell-Pope was a bit inconsistent as a freshman but improved significantly as a sophomore in 2012-13. He is projected to be taken in the middle to late first round.

Recent articles:

AL.com: SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rising in NBA mock drafts

Detroit Free-Press: Pistons might have to decide between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Shabazz Muhammad

Video: Here’s a scouting video of Caldwell-Pope.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Czech PG/SG Tomas Satoransky 06.26.12 at 4:20 pm ET
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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.

Czech guard Tomas Satoransky is expected to remain in Europe for at least a couple of seasons before he's ready to make an NBA roster.

TOMAS SATORANSKY

Position: Point guard/shooting guard

Team: Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2010 ACB slam dunk contest champion

Key 2011-12 stats: 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 43.5 FG%, 17.0 minutes

What he brings: Satoransky is a Czech-born playmaking guard who has a high basketball IQ. He brings energy to the court, giving him the potential to be solid option off the bench. At 6-foot-7, Satoransky has very good size for his position, and his dunking ability will make him a fan favorite wherever he lands.

However, Satoransky still needs to get stronger before he will be ready for the NBA, as he is beanpole thin and will get pushed around. Satoransky needs to improve his outside shooting as well, and tends to be beaten off the dribble by quicker, smaller guards. Satoransky still has plenty of work ahead but could be a backup guard at the next level after a couple of additional years in Europe.

Where the Celtics could get him: Satoransky is projected to be taken late in the second round.

Notes: Satoransky made a name for himself with his performance at the 2009 Eurocamp, when he shined as a 17-year-old playing against mostly older players. But he hasn’t shown enough consistency, especially with his jump shot, playing professionally in Spain.

Recent articles:

CSN Washington: NBA Draft Profile: Tomas Satoransky

Truth About It: Who the heck is Tomas Satoransky

Video: Here is a package of Satoransky highlights from last year’s Eurocup final.

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Rockets get 18th overall pick for Chase Budinger, Lior Eliyahu 06.26.12 at 1:50 pm ET
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The Rockets have acquired the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft from the Timberwolves in return for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu according to multiple reports.

The deal gives the Rockets the 14th, 16th and 18th overall picks in Thursday’s draft, which gives them plenty of ammunition for more trades. The Rockets have been linked to a potential deal involving the Kings’ fifth overall pick in the draft, as well another deal involving the Raptors’ eighth overall pick.

The Rockets are reportedly using these trades to make a strong push towards acquiring Dwight Howard from the Magic despite the fact that Howard intends to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Budinger, who was the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft, averaged 9.6 points in 22.4 minutes per game last season. The 6-foot-7 small forward shot 40.2 percent from three-point range last season and is likely to help a Timberwolves team that struggled to score from the wing. Eliyahu is a 6-foot-10, 232 pound forward who was originally  taken with the 44th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Magic and plays professionally in Israel.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Marquette SF/PF Jae Crowder 06.26.12 at 1:12 pm ET
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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.

Jae Crowder, the 2012 Big East Player of the Year, might find the transition to the NBA difficult due to his lack of height and quickness for his position. (AP)

JAE CROWDER

Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Marquette

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 241 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Big East Player of the Year, 2012 All-America second team (AP, Sporting News)

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 32.9 minutes, 2.5 steals

What he brings: Crowder is an undersized forward who will likely struggle defensively at the NBA level due to his lack of size and quickness. Crowder is not athletic enough to be a consistent performer at the next level and lacks explosiveness.

However, what Crowder lacks in size and quickness he has in effort and toughness, as he is strong for a player his size and will be an energy player off the bench. He is a smart player who will fight through contact to finish his shot and has decent range as a shooter. He will never be a star at the NBA level, but Crowder could be an undersized sparkplug off the bench.

Where the Celtics could get him: Crowder is projected to be selected in the back half of the second round.

Notes: Crowder was named the 2012 Reese’s College All-Star Game MVP. … Before joining Marquette in 2010, Crowder led Howard County Junior College to its first NJCAA men’s college basketball title and was named 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year. … His father, Corey Crowder, played briefly in the NBA for the Jazz and Spurs.

Recent articles:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Crowder, DJO try to make the most of Chicago Combine

Chicago Tribune: Marquette’s Crowder finishes strong

Video: Here is a quick look at what Crowder has to offer.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SF/PF Terrence Jones 06.26.12 at 9:42 am ET
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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.

Terrence Jones has the build of an NBA player but needs work to reach his potential after two years at Kentucky. (AP)

TERRENCE JONES

Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Kentucky

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 252 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches), 2012 All-SEC Tournament team, 2011 All-SEC first team (coaches), 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 29.3 minutes, 50.0 FG%

What he brings: Jones is an inconsistent, raw prospect who played two seasons under John Calipari at Kentucky. However, Jones has the build and the athleticism to become an impact starter in the NBA.

His size (6-foot-9, 7-foot-2 wingspan) makes him a versatile forward, and he can play in the post and as more of a point forward. He is a crafty defender whose length and lateral quickness make him a very good on-ball defender. That same athleticism and length makes him a high quality rebounder as well.

Offensively he finishes well at the rim, is a smooth ball-handler and is a good passer. However, he has to improve his consistency from 3-point range and shot selection to reach his full potential on the offensive end.

Where the Celtics could get him: Jones is projected to be taken in the mid-to-late first round. He might be there for the Celtics at either one of their first-round picks.

Notes: Jones is a cousin of former NBA players Damon Stoudamire and Salim Stoudamire. … He led Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore., to three consecutive state championships, something no 5A or 6A Oregon school had ever accomplished.

Recent articles:

ESPN Dallas: Draft Preview: Terrence Jones

Yahoo! Sports: Terrence Jones surprised his mom with a new car on Mother’s Day

Video: Here is a highlight clip of Jones at Kentucky.

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