|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UConn C Andre Drummond||06.11.12 at 11:58 am ET|
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.
Height: 7 feet
Weight: 279 pounds
Achievements: 2012 Big East All-Rookie team
Key 2011-12 stats: 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 53.8 FG%, 28.4 minutes
What he brings: Drummond, a one-and-done for the Huskies, is a physical specimen, with a magnificent combination of strength and athleticism that makes him one of the top prospects in the draft. He’s a great finisher around the rim with a quick spin move with his back to the basket. Because of his size and leaping ability it is easy for guards to get him the ball. He runs the floor very well and is a great passer and an effective rebounder. He also is a great shot-blocker.
The 18-year-old relies mostly on his athleticism, as his post game is relatively unpolished. Drummond has been known to disappear at times if his playmakers can’t get him the ball. He doesn’t have much of a shot and is a terrible free throw shooter (29 percent). Drummond has lacked complete commitment to the game and has maturity issues.
Where the Celtics could get him: Drummond is considered to be a high-risk, high-reward pick with huge upside, but his immaturity could be a turn off to lottery teams. The Celtics still would almost assuredly have to trade up for a shot at him.
Notes: Drummond attended high school at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., and led his team to the national prep championship as a senior. He had disclosed plans to spent a postgraduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., last summer before making a surprise announcement to instead attend UConn.
Video: Here’s a mix of Andre Drummond highlights from his lone season at UConn.
|Danny Ainge: 2012 NBA Draft ‘will be better’||06.22.11 at 3:49 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Danny Ainge has crafted a reputation as a GM who isn’t afraid to wheel and deal. Just don’t expect it Thursday night. So, in other words Celtics fans, be patient.
The Celtics president of basketball operations said Wednesday that he doesn’t foresee trading his two draft picks on Thursday to move up for an elite position in the NBA Draft. The Celtics are currently slotted to select at position 25 in the first round and 55th overall in the second round.
“We don’t want to move next year’s pick to [move up] in this year’s draft because the picks we have aren’t good enough to get to the very, very top of the draft and we think next year’s draft will be better,” Ainge said.
The Celtics will get a 2012 first-round pick via their Feb. 24 trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins. It will be the less favorable pick from either the Minnesota Timberwolves or Los Angeles Clippers, and is “Top-10″ protected.
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