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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kansas G/F Andrew Wiggins 06.10.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

ANDREW WIGGINS

Position: Wing
School: Kansas
Age: 19
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 200 pounds
Wingspan: 7-foot

Key 2013-14 stats: 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Scouting report: Of all the players in the 2014 NBA draft, none have been more scrutinized than Wiggins. The 19-year-old forward was expected to be the next LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but he didn’€™t flash that potential at Kansas. However, it was unfair to set the bar that high, since no scout thought he’€™d be that in the first place.

Wiggins did exactly what teams expected him to do, showing off his godlike athleticism, smooth shooting and defensive potential. He’€™s one of the best athletes in the draft, with long arms and a reportedly insane 44-inch vertical.

But he also has skill as a shooter, often displaying an effortless 3-point shot. He needs to improve his consistency, but his ability to drain perimeter jumpers off the catch and the dribble automatically gives him potential as a role player — at a minimum.

The main concerns with Wiggins are his high dribble and playmaking ability. Wiggins’€™ dribble is high, which means he tends to get so loose with the ball that defenders are able to strip him. His upright stance doesn’t allow him to change directions very quickly, so that limits his ability to create offense for himself and others.

How he fits: It’€™s unlikely we’€™ll see Wiggins in a Celtics uniform next season, but he’€™d provide the team a highly athletic player with elite upside on both ends of the floor.

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Yahoo Sports: Kevin Durant says Andrew Wiggins has ‘Hall of Famer, All-Star’ potential

Video: Here are highlights from the best game of Wiggins’€™ college career.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA PF Kyle Anderson 06.09.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

KYLE ANDERSON

Position: Power forward
School: UCLA
Age: 20
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 230 pounds
Wingspan: 7-foot-3

Key 2013-14 stats: 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists

Scouting report: Anderson is naturally a point guard, but it’s hard to see him playing that position in the NBA. Even though he is an outstanding passer, he is not athletic enough to defend guards and he lacks the elite ball-handling ability to create offense like he did in college.

On the upside, Anderson could make the shift to power forward and retain his incredible guard skills. Doing this would also minimize his lack of athletic ability, since he’d be playing with players of a similar speed. Anderson would need to add about 20 pounds of muscle to defend, but he has the frame to support the weight.

Playing power forward, the UCLA product could showcase his true role player attributes in the form of spot-up shooting and playmaking. He could, in a sense, be a player in the mold of a Boris Diaw or Lamar Odom. Those players had long careers as glue guys, and their teams always seemed to play smoothly when they were in the game.

How he fits: Brad Stevens likes his offense to move the ball and shoot the 3, and Anderson could come right in and do both of those things at a high level.

Related articles:

CelticsLife: Kyle Anderson stands out in Celtics workout

Bleacher Report: NBA comparisons for UCLA’s Kyle Anderson

Video: Here is a video scouting report of Anderson.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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Weekly NBA Draft Watch: Could Carmelo Anthony be a fit with Celtics? 06.06.14 at 12:10 pm ET
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In case you missed it, Kevin Love pretty much became a member of the Celtics this past weekend. Ben Rohrbach filled us in on the worst-kept secret in Boston, as Love was essentially a public attraction all weekend long.

Operating under the assumption that Love indeed ends up in Boston, the search for the third member of the next ‘€œBig Three’€ already is underway. And unless you’€™ve been sleeping under a rock, you’re aware that Carmelo Anthony is the hot name to join forces with Love and Rajon Rondo and generate the next great era of Celtics basketball.

The problem is that many of us don’€™t like Melo as a team player, myself included. Despite his unique talent, he can be selfish and tends to have tunnel vision toward scoring the ball, blocking out the rest of the intangibles that result in … what’€™s the word I’€™m looing for? Oh yeah, winning.

So obviously the Celtics have no reason to add a player like that to their roster, right? Wrong. There is no alternative out there to Anthony, so Danny Ainge has to take what he can get. From there, the goal is to make Anthony fit in Boston, and here’€™s how you do it.

Melo clearly would be relied upon to score in Boston, it’€™s the most natural part of his game. But guess what? Anthony also is a good rebounder and passer who has the tools be a good defender. Similar to Paul Pierce, bringing those skills out of him is what could transform Anthony into a winning player late in his career.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Tyler Ennis 06.06.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

TYLER ENNIS

Position: Point guard
School: Syracuse
Age: 19
Height: 6-foot-2.5
Weight: 181 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-7

Key 2013-14 stats: 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 2.1 steals

Scouting report: Pure point guards are an endangered species in the NBA, but Ennis is one of them. He’€™s a pass-first pure point guard that utilizes excellent ball-handling skills to create space, which usually leads to open looks for teammates.

Ennis had a highly efficient 3.22 assist-to-turnover ratio, but his statistics probably would’€™ve been even more impressive had better perimeter shooters surrounded him. Of course, he probably will have that in the NBA, which bodes well for his potential as a distributor.

That increased spacing will also create opportunities for him as a scorer, since he is quite a solid shooter, at 35.3 percent from 3 last year. The Syracuse product is impressive off the dribble, which is normal for point guards, but he can also shoot off the catch, allowing him to play off-ball in a number of different situations.

Ennis is only an average defender and lacks a spectacular first step, so he probably won’€™t ever become one of the NBA’s top point guards, but he’€™s going to be a good backup, at worst, with the ceiling of a high-end starter.

How he fits: Ennis would give the Celtics an immediate upgrade at the backup point guard position, and a potential heir apparent to Rajon Rondo, if he’€™s traded.

Related articles:

Toronto Sun: Dream come true for Tyler Ennis working for the Raptors

ZagsBlog: Boeheim discusses Ennis’ decision to go pro

Video: Here is a highlight reel of Ennis’€™ game versus Duke.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo wakes up America 06.05.14 at 12:57 pm ET
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Promoting the NBA Finals, Rajon Rondo appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday wearing a jean vest of some sort and addressed a few fan questions for the show’s Instagram account.

The biggest thing we learned — other than the fact Channing Tatum may be a better Pop-A-Shot player than the Celtics point guard — is that Rondo finally made his desire for “big changes” this summer public. He’s skirted similar questions about this offseason’s supposed “fireworks” in recent interviews, so there’s that.

“Hopefully this summer we’re going to make some big changes, get the ball rolling and get back in the finals pretty soon,” said Rondo. “I know [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge is doing his job, and I’m going to go out every summer, do my job and get better.” (Might want to work on that Pop-A-Shot game, too.)

Here are Rondo’s responses to some more questions submitted by fans on Twitter.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Croatia F Dario Saric 06.05.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

DARIO SARIC

Position: Forward
Country: Croatia
Age: 20
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 223 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-10

Key 2013-14 stats (Adriatic League): 16.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 58.9 TS%

Scouting report: Fans of the NBA are scarred forever over the growing number of international busts during the last decade, but they should feel confident knowing Saric is a relatively safe pick. He does so many of the “little things” well, even though he lacks the elite upside of some others.

Only 20 years old, Saric led Cibona to the Adriatic League championship, capturing league and finals MVP honors in the process. This success is unheard of, and he likely would be considered one of the consensus top picks had he done that in March Madness.

Saric’€™s greatest attribute is his playmaking potential. He’€™s arguably the most versatile player in the draft because of his ability to score from inside, mid-range and the perimeter. His 3-pointer is still improving, but he added the “hop”€ (a technique allowing shooters to get shots off more quickly) to his arsenal, which improving his productivity.

Already an efficient scorer inside, he has the ability to get to the hole with either hand. Most impressive is Saric’€™s ability to pass off the dribble, a trait that could translate well in the pick-and-roll heavy NBA.

Even though Saric’€™s average athleticism and short wingspan will hold him back from ever becoming a true superstar, he has all the physical and mental tools necessary to be on a tier right below that. Of course, he must first stay in the draft for that to happen, as there is a chance he withdraws before the June 16 deadline.

How he fits: Saric has go-to scoring potential and is a proven winner. If the Celtics decide to go international with one of their draft picks, he could be the best player available.

Related articles:

CelticsBlog: Adriatic League final four analysis: Dario Saric leads Cibona to championship victory

ProBasketballTalk: Dario Saric will join NBA next season if Celtics or Lakers draft him

Video: Here is a video scouting report of Dario Saric.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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Irish Coffee: The Celtics’ Carmelo Anthony conundrum 06.04.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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As a disclaimer, “an insider at RealGM.com” isn’t a source worth lending any credence, so let’s take Bert A. Ramirez’s bizarre rumor bringing both Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony to Boston with enough salt to warrant Seabass spitting in your burger, but we might as well examine whether it’s even possible under the NBA salary cap.

Using the Bill Simmons trade proposal as a jumping off point (both 2014 picks, both 2015 picks, Jared Sullinger, Keith Bogans and Brandon Bass for Love), here is the imaginary Celtics salary structure for 2014-15.

Kevin Love: $15.7M
Rajon Rondo: $12.9M
Gerald Wallace: $10.1M
Jeff Green: $9.2M
Avery Bradley: $6.3M (RFA hold)
Joel Anthony: $3.8M
Vitor Faverani: $2.0M
Kelly Olynyk: $2.0M
Chris Johnson: $0.9M
Phil Pressey: $0.8M
Chris Babb: $0.8M
TOTAL: $64.5M

That number exceeds the projected salary cap of $63.2 million, so the Celtics could not sign Anthony, even if he opts out, relinquishing an additional $33.2 million in potential guaranteed money from the Knicks. In this scenario, the Celtics would have to clear $23.8 million off the books in order to give Melo the maximum contract of four years and $95.9 million (2014-15: $22.5M; 2015-16: $23.5M; 2016-17: $24.5M; 2017-18: $25.5M). Here goes.

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