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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UC Santa Barbara SG Orlando Johnson 06.22.12 at 7:47 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.

UCSB guard Orlando Johnson has boosted his stock with solid pre-draft performances. (AP)

ORLANDO JOHNSON

Position: Shooting guard

School: UC Santa Barbara

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 223 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big West first team, 2011 All-Big West first team, 2010 Big West Player of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 turnovers, 46.4 FG%, 42.7 3P%, 69.8 FT%

What he brings: Johnson is a well-rounded offensive player with an NBA body and impressive leaping ability. As the focal point of the UCSB offense, Johnson was asked to do a lot of different things and his skill set reflects it. He is a good 3-point shooter, penetrator and rebounder (particularly for a guard), and plays with a high motor.

But while Johnson is good at a number of things, he is not elite in any one area, something scouts worry will make for a difficult transition at the next level.

After playing his entire career at a mid-major school, Johnson shined at the LeBron James Skills Academy last summer, and that helped alleviate concerns over his ability to excel against elite competition. This summer his stock has continued to rise as he’s impressed scouts at various pre-draft workouts. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Johnson has lost 16 pounds since the end of his senior season and added seven inches to his vertical. He also boasted an impressive 6-foot-11 wingspan.

Where the Celtics could get him: Originally expected to be a late-second-round pick or undrafted free agent, Johnson’s impressive pre-draft performances have him possibly going as high as the middle of the second round.

Notes: After a childhood filled with incredible tragedy, Johnson stands on the doorstep of fulfilling his lifelong dream. Johnson’s mother was murdered when he was just a year old. He never met his father. When Johnson was 6, the house he was sharing with 10 family members caught fire, killing four of his relatives. He then lived with his grandmother until he was 11 years old, when she passed away, leaving Johnson’s two older brothers, Robbie and Jamell, to raise him.

Johnson began his college career at Loyola Marymount, where he set freshman school records by scoring 383 points and averaging 12.4 points per game before transferring to UCSB. He went on to become UCSB’s all-time leading scorer in three seasons there (1,825 points).

Recent articles:

Tampa Bay Times: Older brothers raised UCSB’s Orlando Johnson following the deaths of six family members

Sporting News: NBA Draft 2012: Orlando Johnson garners attention

Video: Here’s Johnson working out at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington PG/SG Tony Wroten at 4:29 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.

Tony Wroten spent just one season at Washington before declaring for the NBA draft. (AP)

TONY WROTEN

Position: Point guard/shooting guard

School: Washington

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 203 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, 2012  All-Pac-12 first team

Key 2011-12 stats: 16 points, 3.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 44.3 FG%, 16.1 3P%, 58.3% FT%

What he brings: Think Rajon Rondo, circa 2006. Like Rondo then, Wroten is one of this year’s most intriguing prospects. In terms of pure talent, he is one of the top five players in the draft, possessing extraordinary athleticism, size and court vision.  But there are also some gaping holes to his game.

Offensively, Wroten’s game revolves around getting to the basket, which he does most effectively when going left. He also has superb passing ability but is too often careless with the ball. He ended up with more turnovers (132) than assists (130) in his freshman season.

Defensively, Wroten can be spectacular at times. He is a very effective man-to-man defender at the 2-guard spot. Though he can be overaggressive and is prone to swiping at the ball or lunging into the passing lanes, his excellent anticipation and hands lead to a lot of disruptive plays.

Any of this sounding familiar?

Also like Rondo, however, Wroten’s major issue is that he is a horrendous outside shooter, averaging just 0.532 points per shot on jumpers, according to Synergy. Wroten also struggles from the free throw line and behind the 3-point arc, shooting an unimpressive 58 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Where the Celtics could get him: Wroten, who is leaving Washington after just one season at the college level, could go anywhere from the late lottery to the early second round. Given that the Celtics already have an ultra-athletic playmaker who struggles with his jumper, Boston is unlikely to pursue him.

Notes: Wroten comes from an absurdly athletic family. His father, Tony, played football at the University of Washington and in the NFL for the Buccaneers. His mother, Shirley, still ranks in UW’s top 10 track and field lists in the 100 meters (seventh), 100 hurdles (fourth) and 4×100 relay (first and second). His aunt, Joyce Walker, earned a gold medal as a member of the 1983 USA Basketball World University Games team, was a two-time All-American at Louisiana State University and the third woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is a cousin of former Celtics guard Nate Robinson. … Wroten is Washington’s all-time freshman leader in points, steals and assists and was fourth in rebounds.

Recent articles:

AP: Washington’s Tony Wroten declares for NBA draft

Seattle Times: A divided scouting report: The two sides of Tony Wroten Jr.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger at 1:33 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.

Concerns about his back have dropped Jared Sullinger's stock, making it a possibility that he'll still be around when the Celtics select in Round 1. (AP)

JARED SULLINGER

Position: Power forward

School: Ohio State

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 268 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America first team (Sporting News), 2012 All-Big Ten first team, 2011 All-America first team (Sporting News), 2011 All-Big Ten first team, 2011 USBWA National Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 51.9 FG%, 40.0 3P%

What he brings: Sullinger is slightly undersized as an NBA post player but should be able to use his strength and length to have success at the next level. He not only is a very good rebounder but a good finesse shooter in the paint, which makes him the type of forward who can record double-doubles consistently in the NBA.

Sullinger also surprised many as a 3-point shooter in his sophomore year at Ohio State, recording a .400 3-point field goal percentage on the season (16-for-40). While he may need to adjust to NBA 3-point range, he has the ability to knock down mid-range shots consistently.

He is a little undersized and is not the best athlete, but Sullinger has the skill and work ethic to be a starter in the NBA after two years at Ohio State.

Where the Celtics could get him: Many experts had Sullinger being taken by the Warriors at No. 7 overall. However, recent concerns about Sullinger’s back plus unimpressive pre-draft tests have him falling down draft boards in the 15-25 range, so the Celtics might have a shot at him.

Notes: In his senior year of high school in Columbus, Ohio, Sullinger led his Northland High School team to a 21-0 record, averaging 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds on the season. In the 2010 McDonald’s All-American game, he was named co-MVP along with Harrison Barnes.

Recent articles:

ESPN: Jared Sullinger’s back a concern

Sports Illustrated: Sullinger measures up as prospects face the tape at pre-draft combine

Video: Here are highlights from Sullinger’s 2011-12 season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SG Doron Lamb at 9:33 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.

Doron Lamb is a polished scorer who needs to build some strength to succeed at shooting guard in the NBA. (AP)

DORON LAMB

Position: Shooting guard

School: Kentucky

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 199 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches), 2011 All-SEC freshman team, 2012 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team (AP)

Key 2011-12 stats: 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 47.4 FG%, 31.2 minutes

What he brings: Lamb, who is leaving Kentucky after his sophomore season, is a pure, versatile scorer. The mid-range jumper is his the best aspect of his scoring game, but he also began to improve both his driving ability and his 3-point shooting. He works hard to get open on the offensive end and when he touches the ball he rarely turns it over. Lamb also brings that hustle to the defensive end, making up for his lack of size with great lateral movement and supreme length.

Lamb’s game is pretty well-rounded, but he isn’t phenomenal athlete and is caught between the point guard and shooting guard position. He’s not a good enough playmaker to play the point, but he’s not strong enough to play the 2. The 20-year-old also has a hard time creating for himself.

Overall Lamb is a solid prospect, but his physical limitations in size and athleticism prevent him from having a truly high ceiling.

Where the Celtics could get him: The Kentucky product is projected as a late-first-round pick, so he is well within the Celtics’ range. He could fill some of the hole if Ray Allen leaves because he’s a good shooter and a hard-worker on defense.

Notes: Lamb won the national championship with Kentucky this year and started in 35 of 40 games. … As a senior in high school, Lamb was selected to the McDonald’s and Jordan All-America teams.

Recent articles:

CatsPause.com: Kentucky guard Doron Lamb had interesting journey to NCAA title

YahooSports.com: Kentucky saw Doron Lamb’s big night coming ahead of time

Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Lamb at Kentucky.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Turkish C Dusan Cantekin at 6:52 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.

Turkish center Dusan Cantekin stands 7-foot-4 but doesn't have great basketball skills. (AP)

DUSAN CANTEKIN

Position: Center

Team: Mega Vizura (Serbia)

Age: 22

Height: 7-foot-4

Weight: 255 pounds

Achievements: Member of the Turkish national team

Key 2011-12 stats: 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds

What he brings: Possessing an incredible size of 7-foot-4, Cantekin is naturally a towering figure and would be the tallest player in the NBA. But despite his large size, he has much to improve on to be a formidable NBA center on both ends of the floor. Offensively, his game is far from polished. He shoots a high percentage around the rim but he doesn’t use his size to his advantage, isn’t very aggressive and doesn’t have great footwork.

Cantekin is very quick for his size, however, and can often beat other big men down the floor in transition. Much of his offense, though, comes via designed lob plays. With no one really close to his size, it’s easy for him to score and his size allows it so that he barely has to jump to score. His jump shooting can improve and he sometimes chooses to take his man off the dribble to get to the basket as well.

Despite his 7-foot-4 frame, Cantekin doesn’t block many shots, averaging less than a block per game last year in the Serbian league. Defense is clearly the area Cantekin needs to work on drastically if he wants to be successful in the NBA. He gets pushed around inside and possesses poor defensive fundamentals, which makes him susceptible to foul trouble.

Where the Celtics could get him: Cantekin is projected to be selected in the mid-to-late second round and could fall to the Celtics at 51.

Notes: Cantekin was born as Dusan Gavrilovic and became a member of the Turkish national team by receiving a passport after being ignored by Serbian youth leagues. He signed a Euroleague contract with Anadolu Efes but has been on loan from his home country at Mega Vizura. Cantekin is eligible to be drafted this year as he is a 1990-born draft-eligible international prospect.

Recent articles:

NBADraft.net: Dusan Cantekin playing big in Serbia

Video: Here’s Cantekin finishing a pick-and-roll alley-oop.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Vanderbilt SG John Jenkins 06.21.12 at 7:41 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.

John Jenkins is arguably the best shooter in the college game, but there are questions if he is athletic enough to succeed in the NBA. (AP)

JOHN JENKINS

Position: Shooting guard

School: Vanderbilt

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America  third team (AP, Sporting News), 2012 All-SEC first team (coaches), 2012 SEC Tournament MVP, 2011 All-SEC first team, 2010 SEC Sixth Man of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 19.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 47.4 FG%, 33.6 minutes

What he brings: Jenkins is considered by some to be the best jump shooter in college basketball. He has the appropriate size and range to get off his shot from anywhere on the court. The 21-year-old is a highly efficient scorer especially considering the fact he is mostly a jump shooter. He can shoot both off the dribble and off the pass and is a solid finisher at the rim. On defense, Jenkins shows great effort.

The biggest knock on the Vanderbilt product is that he lacks NBA athleticism. Offensively he isn’t explosive enough to become a versatile scorer and he also doesn’t look for much other than his jumper. On defense he is too slow to contain most NBA players despite his great work ethic.

Jenkins will be most effective in a halfcourt offense that allows him to get open looks. It’s hard to tell if Jenkins will be anything more than a shooting specialist.

Where the Celtics could get him: With Ray Allen‘s departure a possibility, Jenkins could be a possible replacement as he is projected as a late-first-round pick.

Notes: Jenkins declared for the draft after his junior season. He tied the single-season SEC record for 3-pointers (134). He also finished 10th on the all-time Vanderbilt scoring list.

Recent articles:

USAToday.com: John Jenkins leaving Vanderbilt a year early for NBA

Kentuckysports.com: Vanderbilt’s Jenkins is an efficient, deadly shooter

Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Jenkins’ final season at Vandy.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Harvard PF Keith Wright at 4:26 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.

Keith Wright is hoping his rebounding skills will earn him a spot on an NBA roster. (AP)

KEITH WRIGHT

Position: Power forward

School: Harvard

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 240 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Ivy second team, 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 58.6 FG%, 28.1 minutes

What he brings: While Wright is undersized for the NBA 4 position, his length and wide shoulders should allow him to hide his size somewhat. He’s a good post player because he is quicker than most of the defenders he goes up against. The 22-year-old is a great rebounder who is especially good at turning offensive rebounds into baskets. Wright also has shown a solid mid-range shot.

Wright’s length sometimes allows him to hide his lack of quickness or leaping ability which makes scouts question if he can translate his defense to the next level.

The Harvard product will need to improve his finishing ability in order to make up for his lack of size at the next level. He could be a role player off the bench if he gets the appropriate coaching at the next level.

Where the Celtics could get him: If Wright is drafted at all, it would likely be toward the end of the second round.

Notes: Wright was named to the preseason top-50 watch list for the Wooden Award and selected to the Lou Henson Preseason All-America team prior to his senior season. … Wright finished first in Harvard history in career blocks (149). He finished second in the Ivy League in shooting percentage as a senior (.594).

Recent articles:

TheCrimson.com: Wright hits 1,000 in disappointing loss

TheCrimson.com: Keith Wright: Couples therapist

Video: Here are some highlights of Wright (44).

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