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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SF Darius Miller 06.21.12 at 6:27 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.

Darius Miller was one of two seniors who helped a freshman-laden Kentucky squad capture the 2012 NCAA championship. (AP)

DARIUS MILLER

Position: Small forward

School: Kentucky

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 233 pounds

Achievements: 2011 SEC tournament MVP, 2011 SEC Sixth Man of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 47.4 FG%, 26.1 minutes

What he brings: Miller is a strong, physical forward who uses his size and athleticism to put himself in good position on offense with improved ball-handling skills. He’s a great spot-up shooter with NBA 3-point range. The 22-year-old receives great praise for his team-first attitude that allowed him fit into a lot of different Kentucky lineups.

Defensively, Miller has a tough time keeping opponents in front of him and often allows quick penetration too easily. He also lacks defensive consistency and sometimes doesn’t exert full effort on that side of the ball.

His build is attractive for NBA teams, but there is a still a lot of improvement here for Miller to have a true impact in the NBA game.

Where the Celtics could get him: Miller is projected as a late second-round pick should the Celtics desire some depth behind Paul Pierce (and Jeff Green, if he re-signs).

Notes: The 22-year-old was one of only two seniors on the 2012 national champion Wildcats squad. … He played for Team USA in the 2011 World University Games in China and also won gold as a member of the U-19 USA team at the 2009 World Championships.

Recent articles:

WDRB.com: A day with Darius Miller

Washington Post: Kentucky’s Darisus Miller wouldn’t mind playing with friends John Wall, Shelvin Mack

Video: Here’s a highlight mix from Miller’s senior year.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington SG/SF Terrence Ross 06.20.12 at 7:53 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.

Terrence Ross has the size and athleticism but needs to develop his game after leaving Washington following his sophomore season. (AP)

TERRENCE ROSS

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

School: Washington

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 197 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Pac-12 first team

Key 2011-12 stats: 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 45.7 FG%, 31.1 minutes

What he brings: Ross, who enters the draft after his sophomore season, is a long, athletic guard who possess the ability to run the transition with great court vision and solid ball-handling abilities. He has great footwork in one-on-one situations and can hit the mid-range jumper and the 3-pointer. He uses his athleticism and extreme leaping ability to finish off monster dunks and his length makes him an exceptional rebounder for a guard. Ross also is a solid defender.

The 21-year-old needs to add weight to fill out his lanky frame. He also needs to work on a faster first step to create on offense. At times, Ross’ shot selection can be terrible. The Washington product needs to get better at finishing when he’s not dunking the ball.

Ross will be an exciting NBA player immediately because of his high-flying abilities. However, he needs to shore up the rest of his game if he wants to have an extended NBA career.

Where the Celtics could get him: Ross has top-15 potential, so it would most likely take a trade for the Celtics to move up and draft him.

Notes: In his sophomore year, Ross had the ninth-highest-scoring season in Washington history. … The Portland, Ore., native was voted the Oregon 5A High School Player of the Year as a sophomore before he transferred to Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., for his junior year. He returned to Oregon but did not play basketball in his senior year.

Recent articles:

Seattle Times: Terrence Ross makes sound decision to enter NBA draft

Seattle Times: Ross, Wroten NBA draft stocks are soaring

Video: Here’s a compilation of highlights from Ross’ 2011-12 season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Oregon State SG Jared Cunningham 06.20.12 at 4:25 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.

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham led the Pac-12 in steals the past two seasons. (AP)

JARED CUNNINGHAM

Position: Shooting guard

School: Oregon State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 188 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Pac-12 first team, 2012 All-Pac-12 defensive team, 2011 All-Pac-12 second team, 2011 All-Pac-12 defensive team

Key 2011-12 stats; 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 45.0 FG%, 34.6 minutes

What he brings: Cunningham, who declared for the draft after his junior season, is a phenomenal athlete with a smooth, impressive game. He’s a decent slasher with solid ball-handling skills and uses his leaping ability to finish off highlight-reel plays. There’s potential for him to become a solid spot-up shooter and he also has the tendency to score off tip-ins on offensive rebounds. Cunningham’s defense is impressive. He can shut down both the guard positions and he uses his extremely active hands to jump passes.

He isn’t the strongest guard and will need to put on weight in order to battle with the stronger guards in the NBA. The 21-year-old isn’t the greatest shooter and has an inconsistent shot selection. Cunningham often doesn’t attack the rim with tenacity and settles with wild finishes instead.

Overall Cunningham has a lot of upside because of his athleticism. If he can add muscle, his defensive presence should be immediate in the NBA.

Where the Celtics could get him: Cunningham is projected as a late-first-round pick, but because most of his skills are already present in Avery Bradley, it is unlikely the Celtics spend one of their first-round picks on him.

Notes: Cunningham led the Pac-12 in steals in both his sophomore and junior years and finished second all-time on the Oregon career steals list. He holds 11 Oregon State records.

Recent articles:

OSUBeavers.com: Preparing for the NBA draft

Los Angeles Times: Jared Cunningham follows path of an another Oregon State star

Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Cunningham’s junior season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Duke SG Austin Rivers 06.20.12 at 12:50 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.

Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, enters the NBA draft after one stellar season at Duke. (AP)

AUSTIN RIVERS

Position: Shooting guard

School: Duke

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 203 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America third team (NABC), 2012 All-ACC first team, 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 15.5 points, 2.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 43.3 FG%, 33.2 minutes

What he brings: Rivers is a good-sized, athletic guard who plays smoothly and is almost always under control. He has a phenomenal first step and can create for himself extremely well. The 19-year-old has a great jumper, has NBA range and can finish around the rim really well. He has shown solid ball-handling skills that help him attack the rim with both creativity and strength. On defense he has quick, active hands that allow him to get steals.

The biggest knock on Rivers is his tendency to overshoot and hog the ball. His last offensive resort is passing, and his shot selection can be poor. He also can get lackadaisical if things don’t go his way and his defensive intensity has been questioned.

Despite some maturity issues, Rivers is a big-time scorer. He will be able to make an immediate impact in the NBA on the offensive end and should only grow with NBA coaching.

Where the Celtics could get him: It seems that the only way Doc Rivers will get the chance to coach his son is if the Celtics swing a big deal to move up. Rivers reportedly has been given a guarantee that he’ll be selected by a late lottery team.

Notes: Rivers helped the USA U-18 team win gold in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in 2010. … He was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Morgan Wootten Player of the Year at Winter Park High School in suburban Orlando, Fla.

Recent articles:

Philly.com: Duke guard Austin Rivers a potential 76ers draft pick

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Doc Rivers: Austin’s competitive fire a good thing

Video: Here is Rivers’ game-winning shot against North Carolina in February.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UNC PF John Henson 06.20.12 at 6:31 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.

John Henson made a name for himself with his shot-blocking ability at North Carolina. (AP)

JOHN HENSON

Position: Power forward

School: North Carolina

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 220 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-ACC first team, 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 2011 All-ACC second team, 2011 ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 50 FG%, 29.1 minutes

What he brings: Henson, who enters the draft after three college seasons, has a freakish 7-foot-4 wingspan which combines with his height to make him a monster defensive player. He is a pure shot-blocker who can cover the court extremely well. His size and length also allow him to be a great rebounder. The 21-year-old runs the floor well and uses his size to make him an easy target for his teammates as he scores most of his baskets thanks to his teammates’ playmaking abilities.

The UNC product needs to put on weight to be successful at the next level. He too often avoids contact, using only his size and length on offense, and his lateral movement can be awkward at times. His jump shot still needs work, and his low-post play isn’t polished. There also seems to be focus issues with Henson and as he seems only under control on defense.

The most ready aspect of Henson’s game is his defense, as he should be a shot-blocking presence in the NBA immediately. However, offensively he is still a project. He is projected as a top-10 pick with a major upside.

Where the Celtics could get him: Henson is considered to be a top-10 pick, so it would require a major trade for the C’s to get in range to draft him.

Notes: Henson is fourth on the all-time blocks list in North Carolina history and had more blocks than any sophomore in UNC history. His father, Matt Henson, played basketball at Norfolk State.

Recent articles:

Detroit Free Press: North Carolina’s John Henson fits Pistons’ need as athletic interior defender

FoxSportsOhio.com: NBA Draft: Henson a study in steady

Video: Here are highlights of Henson’s 2011-12 season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Baylor SF Quincy Miller 06.19.12 at 6:25 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.

Quincy Miller enters the draft after one season at Baylor, in which he was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year. (AP)

QUINCY MILLER

Position: Small forward

School: Baylor

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 219 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Big 12 Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.7 FG%, 24.4 minutes

What he brings: Miller’s size and wingspan make him a perfect fit at the next level for his small forward position. He has shown a high awareness of his defenders, using quality ball-handling skills and great footwork to be deadly in the mid-range game. The 19-year-old also is a strong finisher down low, and he has shown a great competitive nature.

On defense Miller is below average and needs to add bulk to his frame in order to survive at the next level. He also isn’t a great 3-point shooter and has a low release on his shot. Miller tore his ACL in high school and has lost some explosiveness since that time.

Miller’s offensive potential is there, as he has shown creative ability to score. His size gives him major upside and he could be morphed into a dynamic scorer with some NBA coaching. Whereas he spent only one year in college, he might need a little more time to develop.

Where the Celtics could get him: Miller has been projected as a late-first-rounder, so the Celtics likely could grab him with their 21st or 22nd pick.

Notes: The 19-year-old suffered a season ending ACL injury in his senior year in high school. He was selected to the Jordan All-American Game and was ranked the fourth overall high school prospect by Scout.com. … Miller won gold with the U-18 Team USA at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2010.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: The right Quincy, the wrong Quincy

SI.com: Baylor’s Miller changes mind, declares for draft

Video: Here are highlights from Miller’s only season at Baylor.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan State SF/PF Draymond Green 06.18.12 at 7:21 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.

Draymond Green averaged a double-double in his final season at Michigan State. (AP)

DRAYMOND GREEN

Position: Small forward/power forward

School: Michigan State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 235 pounds

Achievements: 2012 NABC Player of the Year, 2012 All-America first team (AP, USBWA, Sporting News, NABC), 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year (coaches, media), 2010 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 44.9 FG%, 33.2 minutes

What he brings: Green is a strong, long forward who loves to bang bodies in the paint and plays with great intensity. He can contribute in all areas but is a phenomenal rebounder because of his soft hands and relentless motor. The 22-year-old can stretch a defense with NBA 3-point range and a solid mid-range jumper. One of his most dangerous aspects is his great ability to pass out of the post. He is a bona fide leader with a high basketball IQ.

The Michigan State product is undersized for the NBA 4 position and is not athletic enough for the wing position. He doesn’t have a great upside and he doesn’t really wow you in any department other than rebounding. He also could afford to lose some weight.

Green is a great teammate and has major leadership skills. He should be a solid energy guy off the bench.

Where the Celtics could get him: With Green projected as a late-first-round pick, the Celtics are well in range to get him.

Notes: The senior was the only other player to receive a major national player of the year award aside from Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. … He is the Michigan State career leader in rebounds and is second to Magic Johnson in career double-doubles as a Spartan.

Recent articles:

Detroit Free Press: Draymond Green named Michigan State male athlete of the year

MLive.com: Draymond Green leans on Detroit Pistons’ Joe Dumars for advice on more than basketball

Video: Here are highlights of Green’s 34 points against Gonzaga on Dec. 10.

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