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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Russian SF Sergey Karasev 06.26.13 at 7:26 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.

SERGEY KARASEV

Position: Shooting forward

Team: Lyubertsy Triumph (Eurocup league)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 197 pounds

Achievements: Olympic bronze medalist with Russia (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 16.1 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists

What he brings: Karasev is considered well ahead of the learning curve in terms of being an international prospect, having led his team in scoring most nights in 2012-13 while playing in one of the top European leagues. The offensive numbers won’€™t directly translate, but his 41 percent success rate from the floor, 49 percent on 3-pointers and 82.6 percent on free throws isn’€™t a bad start.

Analysts also indicate Karasev has solid court vision and is unselfish. His defense is a bigger question mark, more so due to his slight frame than his effort. If he can get stronger, almost a universal requirement in Karasev scouting reports, and fill out a bit he will be fine at that end.

Notes: While the culture change/shock is always an issue to varying degrees for international prospects, Karasev definitely wants to play in the NBA, so a holdout is seen as unlikely. ‘€¦ He greatly improved his draft stock with an impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, which he attended shortly after declaring for the draft earlier that month. ‘€¦ His father, Vasily Karasev, is the coach of his professional team in Russia, the Lyubertsy Triumph. ‘€¦ Karasev is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Recent articles:

SB Nation: Sergey Karasev will remain in 2013 NBA Draft

ESPN.com: Sergey Karasev struggled in Vegas (Insider subscription required)

Video: Here is video from Karasev’€™s impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit:

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: D-League SF Glen Rice Jr. 06.26.13 at 4:07 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.

GLEN RICE JR.

Position: Small forward

Team: Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA Development League); previously at Georgia Tech

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 211 pounds

Achievements: ACC All-Academic team (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists

What he brings: Rice’€™s marquee asset is his jump shot, which he had working particularly well in the latter part of the D-League season. Rice also shot 37.9 percent from beyond the arc this year, and since it was in pro ball he has the advantage of having already played with the NBA-style 3-point line. He can let his athleticism take over defensively, even if the intensity isn’€™t always there. He averaged about a block and a steal in the D-League in 2012-13.

The biggest concern with Rice is with his maturity and makeup. He had been suspended on multiple occasions by two different coaches at Georgia Tech prior to his dismissal in March 2012 following charges stemming from a shooting incident at an Atlanta nightclub.

Notes: Rice was averaging only 6.6 minutes per game with Rio Grande through mid-January before breaking out and helping the Valley Vipers to the D-League championship. He averaged 29 points and 11.5 boards in the finals. ‘€¦ Should Rice get taken sooner rather than later Thursday, he could earn the rare distinction of being selected higher in the NBA draft than in the D-League draft. Rio Grande picked him in the fourth round (55th overall) last year. ‘€¦ Rice is the son of Glen Rice, who played 1,000 games in 15 NBA seasons with six teams.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: D-League stop helps college washout revive his NBA dream

Marietta Daily Journal: Glen Rice Jr. may be first-round selection in NBA draft

Associated Press: D-League changed Glen Rice Jr.

Video: Here is a short video showcasing some of Rice’€™s highlights from his Georgia Tech days:

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Murray State PG Isaiah Canaan 06.26.13 at 12:06 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.

ISAIAH CANAAN

Position: Point guard

School: Murray State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year (2013, 2012), All-America second team (2012), All-OVC first team (2011), OVC Freshman of the Year (2010), OVC Tournament MVP (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 21.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds

What he brings: Despite serving as the floor general for almost the entirety of his four-year Racer career, Canaan is seen as a shoot-first guard — he averaged a career-high 4.3 assists per game as a senior — partly because that was what the talent around him called for. However, he also saw his shooting percentage take a dip from his junior to senior year: down to 43.1 from 46.8 percent from the floor, to 37 from 45.6 percent on 3-pointers and to 82.2 from 83.7 percent form the charity stripe.

As productive as he is shooting, defense usually is more of a struggle for Canaan. Most of those problems can be pinned on his 6-foot-4 wingspan and sub-200 pound frame. His 2-to-1 turnover-to-steal ratio also is cause for concern.

Notes: Canaan’€™s tour of pre-draft workouts was dampened by an ankle injury last week. It is not be serious, but did cause him to miss what could have been a few crucial days. ‘€¦ He told his hometown Sun Herald that the pick-and-roll system Murray State used should help him transition to the NBA. ‘€¦ Canaan was a contributor right off the bat for Murray State, playing in all 36 games while averaging 10.4 points as a freshman. ‘€¦ Canaan drew notoriety for a near-halfcourt shot he hit from one knee in February 2010.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Spotlight: Isaiah Canaan

NBC Sports: Can Isaiah Canaan make a splash in the NBA

New York Post: Nets eyeing Murray State PG Canaan

Video: Here is video from earlier this month of one of Canaan’€™s workouts.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Gonzaga C Kelly Olynyk 06.25.13 at 5:13 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.

KELLY OLYNYK

Position: Center

School: Gonzaga

Age: 22

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 238 pounds

Achievements: All-America first team (2013), West Coast Conference Player of the Year (2013), All-WCC first team (2013), Academic All-America first team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 blocks

What he brings: Olynyk boasts a well-rounded skill set, with his greatly improved skills in the post making him a threat in 2012-13 for the Bulldogs, despite not being overly athletic. Between his 62.9 percent success rate from the floor and 77.6 free throw shooting percentage, scoring was not a problem for the long-haired redshirt junior.

Most are not as keen on his rebounding and defending abilities. Olynyk registered more than twice as many turnovers (2.4) as he did blocks (1.1) per game this year. Two third of his 7.3 boards per game came at the defensive end. Additionally, some reports half-jokingly give Olynyk credit for being an extremely patient player as well, since he had to wait three seasons to get significant playing time.

Notes: After not seeing much action his first two seasons, Olynyk redshirted in 2011-12 before breaking out this past year, featuring a 63.1 shooting percentage. ‘€¦ He was forced to miss the first three games of the season for violating the school’€™s code of conduct. ‘€¦ He was a point guard until his junior year of high school and had a seven-inch growth spurt. … The Toronto-born Olynyk moved to Kamloops, British Columbia, when he was young after his father, Ken Olynyk, formerly a coach with Canada’€™s junior national team, became athletic director at a nearby college.

Recent articles:

Gonzaga product Kelly Olynyk has weight, scoring ability that OKC fans crave

USA Today: Anthony Bennett, Kelly Olynyk lead Canada’€™s NBA future

Video: Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics, here’€™s an Olynyk highlight reel.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State PG Lorenzo Brown 06.24.13 at 10:27 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.

LORENZO BROWN

Position: Point guard

School: NC State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 186 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC second team (2013), All-ACC third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 turnovers

What he brings: Brown was often smooth, unselfish and creative while commandeering the Wolfpack offense, able to find a teammate at just about any moment. That court vision helped lead to the junior’s ACC-high 7.2 assists per game, which is a key part of his game since he doesn’€™t shoot very well (41.9 percent overall, 26.3 percent on 3-pointers).

He does, however, do a bit of just about everything else. Brown is adept at the defensive end, using his 6-foot-7 wingspan to defend his position well, and his 2.0 steals per game can shift momentum in a given game. NBAdraft.net wrote in late April that Brown possesses good instincts and is a solid decision-maker.

Notes: Not only will Brown likely be available to the C’€™s at pick No. 16, he may not even go in the first round. ‘€¦ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Brown in January as being the best guard in transition in the country, calling him ‘€œmagical’€ when in possession. ‘€¦ After graduating from Centennial High in Roswell, Ga., Brown attended Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va. ‘€¦ Brown majored in parks, recreation & tourism management.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: North Carolina State’€™s Lorenzo Brown fits, but is he a first-rounder?

Allmediany.com: Lorenzo Brown, others work out for Knicks

Video: Here is video from one of Brown’€™s workouts this month.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Indiana G Victor Oladipo 06.22.13 at 2:22 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.

VICTOR OLADIPO

Position: Guard

School: Indiana

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 214 pounds

Achievements: All-American (AP, Sporting News, John Wooden) (2013), NABC co-Defensive Player of the Year (2013), All-Big Ten first team (2013), Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 44.1 3-point field goal percentage

What he brings: The Hoosier has transformed from a defensive specialist his freshman year to a more well-rounded player, averaging 12.2 points per game the last two seasons while starting all but two games. As a junior this past season, he shot 59.9 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from beyond the arc ‘€” drastic improvements from his marks sophomore year (47.1 and 20.8, respectively).

Still, Oladipo’€™s relentless and effective work at the other end is his marquee asset. His 6-foot-9 wingspan surely helps, and he’€™s been known to accrue steals by straight up stealing the ball from dribblers (as opposed to intercepting passes gone awry). He is also widely credited with consistently playing hard, which, as cliché as it is, makes a real difference.

Notes: Oladipo overloaded his final semester at Indiana in order to get his degree after just three years. He majored in sport communication broadcast. ‘€¦ He snubbed his hometown Wizards, who invited him to work out at the Verizon Center last week. Oladipo said last month he doesn’€™t think Washington would be a good fit. ‘€¦ In the debate between Oladipo and Kansas guard Ben McLemore, Sports Illustrated’€™s Andy Glockner gave the edge to the Hoosier due to his defensive prowess and potential offensive upside.

Recent articles:

Washington Post: Indiana’€™s Victor Oladipo: ‘€˜I’€™m just abnormal’€™

Detroit Free Press: Work ethic took Indiana’€™s Victor Oladipo from off the radar to lottery pick

Sporting News: Indiana guard Victor Oladipo’€™s NBA future, as fellow Hoosier Cody Zeller sees it

Video: Here’€™s a video from last month with highlights of one of Oladipo’€™s workouts.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State F C.J. Leslie 06.22.13 at 8:21 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.

C.J. LESLIE

Position: Forward

School: NC State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 209 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC third team (2013), All-ACC second team (2012), ACC all-freshman team (2011), McDonald’€™s All-American (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 turnovers, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks

What he brings: If nothing else, Leslie, who wrapped up his junior season in March, is consistent on the offensive end, having scored double digits in 31 of his 35 games in 2012-13. Scout.com lists his explosiveness and speed/quickness among his strengths, both of which factor into his adeptness around the basket and help his ability to finish.

There are some concerns, however, that his size/skill set combination may not smoothly translate to the NBA game. Slimmer than a typical power forward, Leslie averaged only 7.3 rebounds per game in his three years at NC State. But NBAdraft.net notes he played a lot of small forward, and Scout.com credits him with greatly improving his jump shot.

Notes: Coach Mark Gottfried‘s arrival at NC State for Leslie’€™s sophomore campaign coincided with increased consistency in the lanky forward’€™s play. ‘€¦ When he played at Word of God High School in Raleigh, N.C., he was teammates with John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. ‘€¦ Leslie was suspended the first three games of the 2011-12 season for impermissible benefits. ‘€¦ In May 2011, he made news for a few homophobic tweets that he quickly deleted.

Recent articles:

Newsobserver.com: N.C. State’€™s C.J. Leslie rolls with criticism

Yahoo!: C.J. Leslis suffers minor injury to shooting hand

Video: Via the ACC, here are Leslie’€™s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack.

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