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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Norfolk State PF/C Kyle O’Quinn 06.26.12 at 6:16 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.

MEAC Player of the Year Kyle O'Quinn has been rising up draft boards and might sneak into the first round. (AP)

KYLE O’QUINN

Position: Power forward/center

Team: Norfolk State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 240 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Lou Henson Award (Mid-Major Player of the Year), 2012 MEAC Player of the Year, 2012 All-MEAC first team, 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2012 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2011 All-MEAC first team, 2011 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2010 All-MEAC second team

Key 2011-12 stats: 15.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, .573 FG%

What he brings: O’Quinn has an NBA-ready build, and he uses his size and strength to dominate the boards. The New York City native has good length, including a freakish 7-foot-5 wingspan, and is impressive in the low post as he is physical enough to score near the hoop as well as block shots. O’Quinn also possesses a decent mid-range jump shot and is a crafty passer.

However, playing at Norfolk State leaves him relatively unproven against top competition. He is not the best athlete and needs to improve his shot selection as well as his pick-and-roll defense.

Where the Celtics could get him: Early projections pegged O’Quinn for the middle of the second round, but he has been climbing up draft boards since his strong showing at the combine. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he went late in the first round to a team willing to be patient with his development.

Notes: O’Quinn played a big role in Norfolk State’s upset of second-seeded Missouri in the NCAA tournament, recording 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in the win.

Recent articles:

Virginian Pilot: NSU’s Quinn in hurry to impress before NBA draft

NBC Sports: Kyle O’Quinn talks about the NBA Draft

Video: Here is a highlight package of O’Quinn’s senior season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Alabama PF JaMychal Green 06.25.12 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.

JaMychal Green boosted his stock with a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April. (AP)

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.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Baylor SF/PF Perry Jones III 06.25.12 at 6:05 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.

Perry Jones III has size and athleticism, but he is young and needs lots of work to reach his potential. (AP)

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

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Iona PG Scott Machado 06.24.12 at 1:35 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.

Scott Machado led the nation in assists last season. (AP)

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.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Florida SG Bradley Beal 06.23.12 at 7:42 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.

Bradley Beal is a sweet-shooting 18-year-old who should be long gone by the time the Celtics are on the board. (AP)

BRADLEY BEAL

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.

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

Sporting News: Bradley Beal still has plenty to prove

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

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Turkish PF Furkan Aldemir 06.23.12 at 4:17 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.

Furkan Aldemir is known as a strong rebounder, but any NBA that drafts him shouldn't expect to see him in the NBA for at least a few years. (AP)

FURKAN ALDEMIR

Position: Power forward

Team: Galatasaray (Turkey)

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 220 pounds

Achievements: 2011 U-20 European Championships All-Tournament team

Key 2011-12 stats: 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 20.7 minutes, 60.6 FG%

What he brings: Aldemir is a strong rebounder thanks to his physicality in the post as well as his soft hands and smart anticipation. The Turkish big man has a strong frame that will help him be effective in the post, which is where almost all of his production comes from on both ends of the court.

While he projects as a power forward at the NBA level, he will have to improve his athleticism and quickness if he wants to get any playing time. He will be a good rebounder, but he does not have much offensive touch to make him anything more than that.

Where the Celtics could get him: Aldemir is projected to be taken in the middle or latter part of the second round. Picking him is a gamble, as he’ll likely stay in Europe for at least a few years.

Notes: Aldemir was the top rebounder at the U-20 European Championships in both 2011 and 2010. … He was an early entrant to the 2011 NBA draft but later withdrew.

Video: Here is a clip of Aledmir with Galatasaray.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger 06.22.12 at 1:33 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.

Concerns about his back have dropped Jared Sullinger's stock, making it a possibility that he'll still be around when the Celtics select in Round 1. (AP)

JARED SULLINGER

Position: Power forward

School: Ohio State

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 268 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America first team (Sporting News), 2012 All-Big Ten first team, 2011 All-America first team (Sporting News), 2011 All-Big Ten first team, 2011 USBWA National Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 51.9 FG%, 40.0 3P%

What he brings: Sullinger is slightly undersized as an NBA post player but should be able to use his strength and length to have success at the next level. He not only is a very good rebounder but a good finesse shooter in the paint, which makes him the type of forward who can record double-doubles consistently in the NBA.

Sullinger also surprised many as a 3-point shooter in his sophomore year at Ohio State, recording a .400 3-point field goal percentage on the season (16-for-40). While he may need to adjust to NBA 3-point range, he has the ability to knock down mid-range shots consistently.

He is a little undersized and is not the best athlete, but Sullinger has the skill and work ethic to be a starter in the NBA after two years at Ohio State.

Where the Celtics could get him: Many experts had Sullinger being taken by the Warriors at No. 7 overall. However, recent concerns about Sullinger’s back plus unimpressive pre-draft tests have him falling down draft boards in the 15-25 range, so the Celtics might have a shot at him.

Notes: In his senior year of high school in Columbus, Ohio, Sullinger led his Northland High School team to a 21-0 record, averaging 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds on the season. In the 2010 McDonald’s All-American game, he was named co-MVP along with Harrison Barnes.

Recent articles:

ESPN: Jared Sullinger’s back a concern

Sports Illustrated: Sullinger measures up as prospects face the tape at pre-draft combine

Video: Here are highlights from Sullinger’s 2011-12 season.

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