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2013 NBA Mock Draft 06.27.13 at 5:03 pm ET
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After a fortnight of Doc Rivers talk, believe it or not, the NBA draft is Thursday night. When you wake up Friday, the entire Celtics roster could be traded, but for now we’ll take a stab at how the 2013 edition of the league’s most unintentionally comical night might unfold.

Cleveland Cavaliers1. Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky). Despite a knee injury early in his freshman season that’s the latest in what is a concerning injury history for a 19-year-old, the 7-foot center and Everett, Mass., product is the best player on the board in a draft without superstars. Still developing offensively, he’s an elite shot blocker.

Orlando Magic2. Magic: Ben McLemore (Kansas). Already facing questions about a few rumored poor workouts and his relationship with an agent prior to leaving college, the 20-year-old shooting guard can still shoot the lights out.

Washington Wizards3. Wizards: Otto Porter (Georgetown). Considered “a sure thing” by many as a big body (6-9) on the wing, the 20-year-old’s Washington D.C. ties make too much sense here.

Charlotte Bobcats4. Bobcats: Victor Oladipo (Indiana). A 6-foot-4 shooting guard who isn’t considered a great shooter, the 21-year-old is lauded for his leadership, freak athletic ability and defensive skills.

Phoenix Suns5. Suns: Anthony Bennett (UNLV): The Suns need help just about everywhere, so why not begin with a 6-foot-8 20-year-old forward who can hurt you inside and out?

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NBA mock draft roundup: Consensus pick for Celtics is German PG Dennis Schroeder at 11:50 am ET
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Celtics fans, you might want to get used to hearing the name Dennis Schroeder.

There are just a few hours left until the 2013 NBA draft, but there is a near consensus among many of the mock drafts done by major outlets — including ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The Washington Post, DraftExpress.com and NBAdraft.net — have the Celtics selecting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Germany.

WEEI.com profiled Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, on Monday.

Playing with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as a 19-year-old in Germany this season, Schroeder averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing nearly 25 minutes. Some reports indicate that while his size and decision-making capabilities could stand to be improved, scouts are drawn to his 6-foot-8 wingspan — a solid half-foot more than his height.

There are rumors that one team, potentially the Celtics, have promised to draft him, though Schroeder has denied it. He did not participate in the NBA combine last month.

There are some dissenters, however.

NBA.com has the C’s picking Russian shooting forward Sergey Karasev, a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder. Also 19, the St. Petersburg native is considered a bit more developed than many international prospects.

The Celtics could choose Jamaal Franklin, the way Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sees it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led San Diego State in points (16.6), rebounds (9.4), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) as a junior in 2012-13.

USA Today, meanwhile, has pegged Shane Larkin, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, going to the Celtics at pick No. 16.

The draft begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN; WEEI-AM 850).

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: New Mexico SF Tony Snell at 11:38 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.

Tony Snell (AP)

Tony Snell is an all-around solid player who doesn’t stand out in any particular area. (AP)

TONY SNELL

Position: Small forward

School: New Mexico

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7 

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: Mountain West Tournament MVP (2013), All-Mountain West third team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 turnovers

What he brings: While no single skill makes Snell spectacular, he was an all-around solid contributor in his three years with the Lobos. He is successful from beyond the arc, connecting on 39 percent of his attempts, and he can pull up or shoot off of screens. His ballhandling skills have been questioned.

Snell’s quickness and length, including a 7-foot wingspan, work to his advantage at the defensive end. As is the case with most other potential draftees, however, Snell is going to need to get a little thicker and stronger to win and keep a spot on an NBA roster.

Notes: Snell ended his collegiate career having started 70 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year. … He worked out with a handful of teams, including the Kings twice. … He played mostly small forward for the Lobos, but he told media recently he also could be a shooting guard.

Recent articles:

Cowbellkingdom.com: Sacramento Kings give draft prospect Tony Snell another look

The Oregonian: Tony Snell brings shooting, rebounding and defense to pre-draft workouts (with video)

PE Bloggers: Tony Snell zooming upward in NBA mock drafts

Video: Here is a highlight/interview mix from one of Snell’s recent workouts.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Virginia Tech PG Erick Green at 8:18 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.

Erick Green led the nation in scoring last season, but his defense has been questioned. (AP)

Erick Green led the nation in scoring last season, although his defense has been questioned. (AP)

ERICK GREEN

Position: Point guard

School: Virginia Tech

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: AP All-America third team (2013), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC second team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals

What he brings: Despite the fact that Green was a point guard through his senior year with the Hokies, one NBA executive questions whether Green can or will play the point exclusively at the next level. Still, his offensive production is undeniable, and he was the focus of every opposing defense playing against a bad Hokies team (13-19) in 2012-13. The nation’s leading scorer shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from beyond on the arc and 81.6 percent on free throws.

Draftexpress.com describes Green as “capable” on defense, with his fundamentals making up in part for his lack of size. He isn’t a liability on defense, but he won’t be stealing the show, either. His keen shooting is what teams will pay him for.

Notes: Green worked out for 15 teams in the weeks leading up to the draft. … Although he’s leaving Virginia Tech with a business degree, he missed his own graduation to attend the NBA combine last month. … His profile on hokiesports.com calls him a “terrific defender” who showed all-around tremendous improvement since his one-start freshman year. … Green has four younger siblings.

Recent articles:

Daily Press: Virginia Tech’s Erick Green getting a taste of NBA life in workouts

NBC Sports: Virginia Tech’s reliance on Erick Green didn’t hurt his chances at an NBA career

Roanoke Times: NBA teams get a look at Virginia Tech star Erick Green

Video: The ACC posted an Erick Green highlight video in advance of the draft.

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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 (AP)

Young Russian Sergey Karasev is a solid offensive player who needs to add some bulk in order to compete on the defensive end in the NBA. (AP)

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. 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. was dismissed from Georgia Tech in 2012 and played last season in the NBA D-League. (AP)

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 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 (AP)

Isaiah Canaan (AP)

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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