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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Gonzaga C Kelly Olynyk 06.25.13 at 5:13 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.

KELLY OLYNYK

Position: Center

School: Gonzaga

Age: 22

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 238 pounds

Achievements: All-America first team (2013), West Coast Conference Player of the Year (2013), All-WCC first team (2013), Academic All-America first team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 blocks

What he brings: Olynyk boasts a well-rounded skill set, with his greatly improved skills in the post making him a threat in 2012-13 for the Bulldogs, despite not being overly athletic. Between his 62.9 percent success rate from the floor and 77.6 free throw shooting percentage, scoring was not a problem for the long-haired redshirt junior.

Most are not as keen on his rebounding and defending abilities. Olynyk registered more than twice as many turnovers (2.4) as he did blocks (1.1) per game this year. Two third of his 7.3 boards per game came at the defensive end. Additionally, some reports half-jokingly give Olynyk credit for being an extremely patient player as well, since he had to wait three seasons to get significant playing time.

Notes: After not seeing much action his first two seasons, Olynyk redshirted in 2011-12 before breaking out this past year, featuring a 63.1 shooting percentage. ‘€¦ He was forced to miss the first three games of the season for violating the school’€™s code of conduct. ‘€¦ He was a point guard until his junior year of high school and had a seven-inch growth spurt. … The Toronto-born Olynyk moved to Kamloops, British Columbia, when he was young after his father, Ken Olynyk, formerly a coach with Canada’€™s junior national team, became athletic director at a nearby college.

Recent articles:

Gonzaga product Kelly Olynyk has weight, scoring ability that OKC fans crave

USA Today: Anthony Bennett, Kelly Olynyk lead Canada’€™s NBA future

Video: Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics, here’€™s an Olynyk highlight reel.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Brazilian C Lucas Nogueira at 12:51 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.

LUCAS NOGUEIRA

Position: Center

Team: Asefa Estudiantes (Spain’s ACB League)

Age: 20

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 220 pounds

Key 2012-13 stats: 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 13.6 minutes

What he brings: Nogueira’€™s 7-foot, 5-inch wingspan makes him an excellent defensive player and has encouraged comparisons between him and Marcus Camby. While he has yet to fully develop into his frame, he is an excellent player in the paint and averaged 5.0 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes last season.

As a scorer, Nogueira is rather limited. While he is among the better finishers in the draft around the rim, he does not have a very good jump shot and does not handle the ball well. However, thanks to his size and length, he has a chance at scoring on any drive and dish opportunity by the basket.

Notes: Nogueira, who goes by the nickname ‘€œBebe,’€ declared for the 2011 draft but eventually backed out. Therefore, he cannot back out of the 2013 draft.

Recent articles:

Hoops World: Lucas Nogueira: The Next Marcus Camby?

Pro Basketball Talk: Lucas Nogueira says he’s flexible on developing his skill set either in Europe or the NBA

Video: Here’s a look at Nogueira in action from this past season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan SG Tim Hardaway Jr. at 5:43 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.

TIM HARDAWAY JR.

Position: Shooting guard

School: Michigan

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 205 pounds

Achievements: Coaches’ All-Big Ten first team (2013), Media All-Big Ten second team (2013), NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player (2012), All-Big Ten third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists

What he brings: Hardaway Jr. has good athleticism for a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, and excels at getting to the rim in transition according to DraftExpress.com. However, he is a good shooter from beyond the arc, especially in spot-up shots, as he hit 44 percent of his unguarded spot-up shots from 3-point range last season.

While he does not have great length — he only has a 6-foot-7 wingspan — Hardaway’€™s athleticism and motor give him the potential to be a good NBA defender. That wingspan makes him less likely to get steals and rebounds, though, as he recorded only 0.7 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. He has to improve his consistency, too, as he tended to lose focus on the defensive end.

Notes: He is the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who spent 14 years in the NBA with the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets and Pacers. … Trey Burke, a teammate of his at Michigan, is projected to be taken among the top eight selections in the draft.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Heat scout Hardaway sees a familiar face in Michigan guard

Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. enjoying benefits of fatherly advice

Video: Here’s a highlight package of Hardaway.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: German PG Dennis Schroeder 06.24.13 at 2:32 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.

DENNIS SCHROEDER

Position: Point guard

Team: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany)

Age: 19

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 165 pounds

Achievements: Basketball Bundesliga Most Improved Player (2013), Basketball Bundesliga Best Young German Player (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 24.7 minutes

What he brings: Drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo, Schroeder is one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2013 draft. He has a freakish body type, as he is 6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. Schroeder uses his ability to change speeds effectively, but his shooting stroke is what separates him as a point guard. He shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range last season and 84 percent from the free throw line.

However, Schroeder has to work on his decision-making with the ball, as analysts note that he tends to force passes into tight areas. He averaged 4.0 turnovers per 40 minutes last season, compared to 5.3 assists per 40 minutes. Schroeder also needs to improve his ability to handle bigger opponents on defense, so getting stronger will be part of his growth process.

Notes: Schroeder did not work out at the combine or Eurocamp, leading to rumors that he has a promise to be drafted by an NBA team. According to Hoops Hype, that team is the Celtics, who could take him at 16. Schroeder insisted that nobody has promised him anything, though. According to Sporting News, Schroeder sat out of drills because he had a toothache.

Recent articles:

Hoops Hype: Schroeder fulfilling promise to late father

WEEI: NBA draft guru Jeff Goodman on Celtics: ‘I’d look at Dennis Schroeder or Shane Larkin at No. 16

Video: Here’s a package of Schroeder highlights.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State PG Lorenzo Brown at 10:27 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.

LORENZO BROWN

Position: Point guard

School: NC State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 186 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC second team (2013), All-ACC third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 turnovers

What he brings: Brown was often smooth, unselfish and creative while commandeering the Wolfpack offense, able to find a teammate at just about any moment. That court vision helped lead to the junior’s ACC-high 7.2 assists per game, which is a key part of his game since he doesn’€™t shoot very well (41.9 percent overall, 26.3 percent on 3-pointers).

He does, however, do a bit of just about everything else. Brown is adept at the defensive end, using his 6-foot-7 wingspan to defend his position well, and his 2.0 steals per game can shift momentum in a given game. NBAdraft.net wrote in late April that Brown possesses good instincts and is a solid decision-maker.

Notes: Not only will Brown likely be available to the C’€™s at pick No. 16, he may not even go in the first round. ‘€¦ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Brown in January as being the best guard in transition in the country, calling him ‘€œmagical’€ when in possession. ‘€¦ After graduating from Centennial High in Roswell, Ga., Brown attended Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va. ‘€¦ Brown majored in parks, recreation & tourism management.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: North Carolina State’€™s Lorenzo Brown fits, but is he a first-rounder?

Allmediany.com: Lorenzo Brown, others work out for Knicks

Video: Here is video from one of Brown’€™s workouts this month.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell 06.23.13 at 5:58 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.

TONY MITCHELL

Position: Power forward

School: North Texas

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 213 pounds

Achievements: All-Sun Belt second team (2013), All-Sun Belt first team (2012), Sun Belt All-Tournament team (2012), Sun Belt Freshman of the Year (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks

What he brings: According to SB Nation’€™s scouting report of Mitchell, he has ‘€œthe size of a power forward and the athleticism of a shooting guard.’€ He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and is an explosive leaper, making him an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. He is strong around the rim and fights through contact to score from in close. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range his freshman year at North Texas.

His numbers dropped during his sophomore season of 2012-13. The knock on him is that he was lazy on defense last season and tended to stand and watch on the defensive glass. Mitchell also struggled with defensive positioning at times and got lost in dead ball situations. He is a raw prospect but could be the steal of the draft depending on how he responds to a professional environment.

Notes:  Mitchell, who hails from Dallas, committed to play at Missouri out of high school in 2010. However, he had some NCAA issues related to his academics (due mainly to a stint at Center of Life Christian Academy in Miami, a non-accredited prep school), so he instead chose to play as a partial qualifier at North Texas. If he is selected in the first round, he will be the first player to spend his entire college basketball playing at North Texas to do so.

Recent articles:

USA Today: Tony Mitchell doesn’t regret NBA decision 

Sports Illustrated: Ex-Mizzou recruit Mitchell ready to make comeback at North Texas

Video: Here is a highlight video of Mitchell.

And here is a feature video on Mitchell finding his home in North Texas.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Ohio State SF/PF Deshaun Thomas at 12:57 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.

DESHAUN THOMAS

Position: Small forward

School: Ohio State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 225 pounds

Achievements: All-Big Ten first team (2013), AP All-America third team (2013), NABC All-America third team (2013), Sporting News All-America second team (2013), Hall of Fame Tip-Off Naismith Bracket MVP (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 19.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists

What he brings: Thomas does not have top-level athleticism, but he still led the Big Ten in scoring during his junior year of 2012-13. He is a combo forward who uses his jump shot to produce offense. Due to his lack of quickness, he is more effective in catch-and-shoot situations than shooting off the dribble.

Defensively, analysts note that he does not have the foot speed to keep up with most NBA small forwards and does not have the size to play against most NBA power forwards, leaving him without much of a role on the defensive end. He is not a strong rebounder, too, averaging only 6.0 rebounds per game last season ‘€” 4.2 of which came on the defensive glass.

Notes:  Thomas refused to give the Spurs his cell phone number in an interview at the combine, raising some eyebrows from a prospect who is projected to be drafted late in the second round. ‘€œI can’€™t go around giving it out to everyone,’€ Thomas told the Akron Beacon Journal. ‘€œNow if they want to draft me, I’€™d be happy to give it to them.’€

Recent articles:

News Sentinel: In his words: Deshaun Thomas talks on professional future

Ohio.com: Former Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas refuses to give NBA team his phone number at combine

Video: Here is a video that shows Thomas’s journey as one of the nation’s top high school players to one of the top college players.

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