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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Cal SG Allen Crabbe 06.21.13 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.

Allen Crabbe (AP)

Allen Crabbe knows how to score, and that’s the something the Celtics could use. (AP)

ALLEN CRABBE

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

School: California

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 210 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 Player of the Year (2013), All-Pac-12 first team (2012), Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (2011), Gatorade California High School Player of the Year (2010), ESPN California Player of the Year (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 81.3 free throw percentage, 36.2 minutes

What he brings: Crabbe does not possess the exceptional athleticism of some of the other potential draftees, but he is a strong shooter from mid-range and beyond. He may be best suited to fill a catch-and-shoot type of role — the bulk of what he did early in his college career. He did, however, grow into a more well-rounded player in his three years with the Golden Bears by improving his rebounding and defensive game.

His defense generally is thought to be a work in progress helped by a wingspan measuring at 6 feet, 11.25 inches. His ballhandling also is said to be suspect, though that can be hidden in part by the fact that he won’t be running the floor.

Notes: Earlier this month, Crabbe hurt his foot while working out for the Nets. … He is most often praised for his smooth shooting stroke. Crabbe is said to have regularly put in many extra hours in gyms when he was younger, sometimes staying until he made 1,000 baskets. … Synergy Sports Technology had Crabbe making just over half of his attempts on unguarded catch-and-shoot chances in 2012-13. … His 3-point field goal percentage dropped to 35 percent junior year after he hit 40 percent of those shots as a sophomore.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: Guard Allen Crabbe confident his shooting will translate well in NBA

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Video: Here is a highlight package of Crabbe.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad 06.19.13 at 10:41 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.

Shabazz Muhammad (AP)

Shabazz Muhammad comes with some baggage, but he has plenty of talent as well. (AP)

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

Position: Small forward

School: UCLA

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 225 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year (2013), All Pac-12 first team (2013), All Pac-12 Freshman team, Naismith Boys Prep Player of the Year (2012), McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2012), Nevada Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2012, 2011)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 37.7 3-point field-goal percentage

What he brings: It’s hard to doubt Muhammad’s scoring ability, but that’s about the only consistent aspect of his game. According to draftexpress.com, his effort on defense is sometimes lacking, although he’s certainly shown the ability when he wants to turn it on. He does a majority of his rebounding at the offensive end.

NBA.com attributes Muhammad’s success to his strength, toughness and scorer’s mentality. The Las Vegas native, who thinks he will be shooting guard in the future, likened himself to James Harden, and some scouts said Muhammad is more even athletic than Harden was coming out of college.

Notes: After missing the first three games of his lone season at UCLA due to impermissible benefit issues, Muhammad scored double digits in 31 out of 32 contests. He averaged less than one assist and one steal per game. … He comes from an athletic family. His Uncle, Stephone Paige, is a former Kansas City Chief, while his father, Ronald Holmes, played basketball for USC in the early ’80s and his sister, Asia, is a professional tennis player. … Muhammad has dealt with Tourette syndrome for much of his life, though he’s balanced it well with basketball. … Muhammad and his father were caught lying about the player’s age, leading everyone to believe he was born a year after he actually was. His father also was indicted last month on charges of federal bank fraud for his role in an alleged mortgage scam. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be on home arrest.

Recent articles:

CBS Sports: Buyer beware on Shabazz Muhammad

Sacramento Bee: Shabazz Muhammad takes pare in pre-draft workout for Kings

Video: Here’s an NBA video of Muhammad’s workouts at the draft combine.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence G Ricky Ledo 06.18.13 at 6:34 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.

Ricky Ledo (AP)

Ricky Ledo spent the 2012-13 season at Providence but did not play due to NCAA eligibility issues. (AP)

RICKY LEDO

Position: Guard

School: Providence

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Jordan High School All-American (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: Ledo did not play in 2012-13.

What he brings: Ledo comes equipped with the ability to be either a shooting guard or point guard, having done the latter for PC’s scout team this season. He’s strong athletically and is a solid ball-handler, based on his performance at the NBA combine, according to draftexpress.com, which called him “a long-term project” due to his lack of experience. Providence coach Ed Cooley commended the guard’s shooting ability while also noting his impressive range in this NBA.com piece.

Back before he went to Providence, draftexpress.com wrote that he was a “mixed bag” on defense, though the potential was certainly there for him to be very good on that end, both on and off the ball. That November 2011 showing also earned Ledo an O.J. Mayo comparison.

Notes: Ledo’s development has been hampered because he was limited to practicing with the Friars in 2012-13 due to his status as a “partial qualifier” for issues stemming from his attending four high schools in five years, a trend that has caused concern among some when evaluating his character. … As a senior at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, he averaged 23.4 point and 6.2 rebounds per game. … While he briefly attended St. Andrew’s in Barrington, R.I., he was teammates with fellow draft prospect Michael Carter-Williams.

Recent articles:

JSonline.com: No college, no problem for Ricky Ledo

AZcentral.com: New Suns GM Ryan McDonough comments on Ledo’s recent workout with Phoenix

Video: Set to Flawless Tracks’ “Best Kept Secret,” here are highlights from one of Ledo’s workouts last month.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams 06.18.13 at 1:34 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.

Michael Carter-Williams (AP)

Massachusetts native Michael Carter-Williams has great size for a point guard (AP)

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS

Position: Point guard

School: Syracuse

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: All-Big East second team (2013), AP All-America honorable mention (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist as nation’s top point guard (2013), Gatorade Rhode Island High School Player of the Year (2011, 2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebound, 2.8 steals

What he brings: Carter-Williams is agile and can get around despite his larger-than-normal size for a point guard, and his height facilitates his ability to find teammates anywhere on the court. He can make both basic and fancy passes depending on the situation.

He isn’t the greatest shooter, connecting on 29.2 percent of attempts from beyond the parabola, and could stand to get a little stronger, but his creativity and selflessness make him strong at the point.

Notes: Carter-Williams played just 10 minutes per game as a freshman before commandeering the Orange offense and playing more than 35 minutes per game in 2012-13. … He is from Hamilton — about 45 minutes north of Boston — and attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for a year before transferring to St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. … Carter-Williams made local news when his family’s house burned down while Syracuse was playing California in the third round of the NCAA tournament March 23. … In December, he reportedly was caught shoplifting before settling with issue privately with Lord & Taylor for $500.

Recent articles:

Syracuse.com: Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams measures up at NBA pre-draft combine

Slamonline.com mock draft: No. 8 pick a versatile point guard with terrific court vision

Video: Here are some highlights from Carter-Williams’ sophomore season at Syracuse.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Miami PG Shane Larkin 06.17.13 at 1:50 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.

Shane Larkin took a different path than his father, Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin. (AP)

Shane Larkin took a different path than his father, Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin. (AP)

SHANE LARKIN

Position: Point guard

School: Miami

Age: 20

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 176 pounds

Achievements: AP/ESPN/NABC All-America second team (2103), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC first team (2013), ACC Tournament MVP (2013), Lute Olson National Player of the Year (best non-freshman) (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist (top point guard) (2013), All-ACC freshman team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 40.6 percent 3-point shooting percentage

What he brings: Larkin drew high marks as a point guard in his time with the Hurricanes. Even though he is a bit smaller than some of his peers, Larkin makes up for it with his quickness and accurate shooting. Analysts note that he improved his passing ability in his second year, and he is especially dangerous shooting and passing on the pick and roll.

His size, including a wingspan of 5 feet, 10.75 inches, could present problems on the defensive end, but he is generally regarded as one of the most all-around athletic potential first-round choices. His 44-inch vertical leap was second best in the history of the NBA combine. Larkin does not seem to have any character issues, much of which is attributed to him learning how to act professionally and handle the spotlight from his father, Barry Larkin, the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame shortstop.

Notes: Originally set to attend DePaul, the homesick Larkin left after just a few practices in August 2011, citing an unspecified family medical issue as reason to be immediately eligible at closer-to-home Miami. … Aside from his father’s successful baseball career, three of Larkin’s uncles also played big-time college sports: Byron Larkin (Xavier basketball), Mike Larkin (Notre Dame football) and Steve Larkin (Texas baseball).

Recent articles:

SBNation: Shane Larkin stands tall in the crowd

KSL.com: More than just Shane Larkin at Jazz workouts

Bleacher Report: Why NBA teams are buzzing about Shane Larkin after 2013 combine performance

Video: Courtesy of the ACC, here are highlights of Larkin at Miami.

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Stephen A. Smith on D&C: ‘A 50-50 shot’ Doc Rivers ends up with Clippers 06.17.13 at 10:24 am ET
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Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

Basketball analyst and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, and he was unsure about whether or not a deal involving Celtics coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers would get done.

With Rivers still under contract for three more years, there are potentially a lot of moving pieces in such a trade. But fortunately for the Celtics, president Danny Ainge has a ton of leverage in the negotiations.

Still, Smith pegged the chances of a trade actually going through at just 50 percent.

“Ultimately, all the cards are being held by Danny Ainge,” Smith said. “It’s a 50-50 shot either a deal gets done or Doc Rivers stays in Boston. I don’t think Doc Rivers will sit out for the year, then do television and all this other stuff. I think he’s going to stay and coach in Boston this year, or he’ll move on because Danny Ainge will see an opportunity to get young and to get a box-office attraction to some degree, if not Blake Griffin, then some quality young guys you can build around.

“Clearly, you have to go in that direction [getting younger]. If you’re Danny Ainge, it’s going to be a deal you want to make because you’re an older squad now, and it’s time to move in a different direction. Doc is the one hot commodity that he has. [Kevin Garnett] is 37. Paul Pierce is an aging 35. They’re not what they used to be, even though they can still contribute to a championship situation.

“They’re not the guys to build around anymore, and if you’re Danny Ainge you know this better than anybody. As a result, it will behoove him to get a deal done. And Doc Rivers is the one piece you have that’s an ace. You have to maximize it.”

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