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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Indiana G Victor Oladipo 06.22.13 at 2:22 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.

VICTOR OLADIPO

Position: Guard

School: Indiana

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 214 pounds

Achievements: All-American (AP, Sporting News, John Wooden) (2013), NABC co-Defensive Player of the Year (2013), All-Big Ten first team (2013), Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 44.1 3-point field goal percentage

What he brings: The Hoosier has transformed from a defensive specialist his freshman year to a more well-rounded player, averaging 12.2 points per game the last two seasons while starting all but two games. As a junior this past season, he shot 59.9 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from beyond the arc ‘€” drastic improvements from his marks sophomore year (47.1 and 20.8, respectively).

Still, Oladipo’€™s relentless and effective work at the other end is his marquee asset. His 6-foot-9 wingspan surely helps, and he’€™s been known to accrue steals by straight up stealing the ball from dribblers (as opposed to intercepting passes gone awry). He is also widely credited with consistently playing hard, which, as cliché as it is, makes a real difference.

Notes: Oladipo overloaded his final semester at Indiana in order to get his degree after just three years. He majored in sport communication broadcast. ‘€¦ He snubbed his hometown Wizards, who invited him to work out at the Verizon Center last week. Oladipo said last month he doesn’€™t think Washington would be a good fit. ‘€¦ In the debate between Oladipo and Kansas guard Ben McLemore, Sports Illustrated’€™s Andy Glockner gave the edge to the Hoosier due to his defensive prowess and potential offensive upside.

Recent articles:

Washington Post: Indiana’€™s Victor Oladipo: ‘€˜I’€™m just abnormal’€™

Detroit Free Press: Work ethic took Indiana’€™s Victor Oladipo from off the radar to lottery pick

Sporting News: Indiana guard Victor Oladipo’€™s NBA future, as fellow Hoosier Cody Zeller sees it

Video: Here’€™s a video from last month with highlights of one of Oladipo’€™s workouts.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State F C.J. Leslie at 8:21 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.

C.J. LESLIE

Position: Forward

School: NC State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 209 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC third team (2013), All-ACC second team (2012), ACC all-freshman team (2011), McDonald’€™s All-American (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 turnovers, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks

What he brings: If nothing else, Leslie, who wrapped up his junior season in March, is consistent on the offensive end, having scored double digits in 31 of his 35 games in 2012-13. Scout.com lists his explosiveness and speed/quickness among his strengths, both of which factor into his adeptness around the basket and help his ability to finish.

There are some concerns, however, that his size/skill set combination may not smoothly translate to the NBA game. Slimmer than a typical power forward, Leslie averaged only 7.3 rebounds per game in his three years at NC State. But NBAdraft.net notes he played a lot of small forward, and Scout.com credits him with greatly improving his jump shot.

Notes: Coach Mark Gottfried‘s arrival at NC State for Leslie’€™s sophomore campaign coincided with increased consistency in the lanky forward’€™s play. ‘€¦ When he played at Word of God High School in Raleigh, N.C., he was teammates with John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. ‘€¦ Leslie was suspended the first three games of the 2011-12 season for impermissible benefits. ‘€¦ In May 2011, he made news for a few homophobic tweets that he quickly deleted.

Recent articles:

Newsobserver.com: N.C. State’€™s C.J. Leslie rolls with criticism

Yahoo!: C.J. Leslis suffers minor injury to shooting hand

Video: Via the ACC, here are Leslie’€™s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Cal SG Allen Crabbe 06.21.13 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.

ALLEN CRABBE

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

School: California

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 210 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 Player of the Year (2013), All-Pac-12 first team (2012), Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (2011), Gatorade California High School Player of the Year (2010), ESPN California Player of the Year (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 81.3 free throw percentage, 36.2 minutes

What he brings: Crabbe does not possess the exceptional athleticism of some of the other potential draftees, but he is a strong shooter from mid-range and beyond. He may be best suited to fill a catch-and-shoot type of role ‘€” the bulk of what he did early in his college career. He did, however, grow into a more well-rounded player in his three years with the Golden Bears by improving his rebounding and defensive game.

His defense generally is thought to be a work in progress helped by a wingspan measuring at 6 feet, 11.25 inches. His ballhandling also is said to be suspect, though that can be hidden in part by the fact that he won’€™t be running the floor.

Notes: Earlier this month, Crabbe hurt his foot while working out for the Nets. ‘€¦ He is most often praised for his smooth shooting stroke. Crabbe is said to have regularly put in many extra hours in gyms when he was younger, sometimes staying until he made 1,000 baskets. ‘€¦ Synergy Sports Technology had Crabbe making just over half of his attempts on unguarded catch-and-shoot chances in 2012-13. ‘€¦ His 3-point field goal percentage dropped to 35 percent junior year after he hit 40 percent of those shots as a sophomore.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: Guard Allen Crabbe confident his shooting will translate well in NBA

California Golden Blogs: Insight on Cal basketball’€™s Allen Crabbe

Video: Here is a highlight package of Crabbe.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SG Archie Goodwin at 5:47 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.

ARCHIE GOODWIN

Position: Shooting guard

School: Kentucky

Age: 18

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 198 pounds

Achievements: SEC All-Freshman Team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists

What he brings: With a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Goodwin possesses great defensive potential that has SB Nation comparing him to Tony Allen. He was a very strong perimeter defender in college and can guard both guard positions due to his size and quickness. He averaged 1.1 steals per game last season.

Offensively, Goodwin has an elite first step and good ballhandling skills that helps him get around perimeter defenders. However, he struggles as an outside shooter, and only made 26.6 percent of his shots from 3-point range last season. Goodwin is young and is still growing as a player, but he is not a good shooter right now.

Notes: Goodwin led the SEC in free throw attempts with 212, although he made only 135 (63.7 percent). … He led Sylvan Hills High School to the Arkansas Class 5A state championship in 2012, earning tournament MVP honors in the process. He was named Gatorade Arkansas High School Player of the Year twice and was a member of the McDonald’€™s All-America team.

Recent articles:

Slam: Good to go: Kentucky-bound Archie Goodwin is ready to live up to the late-arriving hype

The Arkansas Leader: Coach backs Goodwin on NBA

Video: Here is a highlight video of Goodwin in a matchup against Vanderbilt last season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Duke C Mason Plumlee 06.20.13 at 11:29 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.

MASON PLUMLEE

Position: Center

School: Duke

Age: 23

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 235 pounds

Achievements: Consensus All-America second team (2013), All-ACC first team (2013), Pete Newell Big Man Award (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks

What he brings: Plumlee does not project as an NBA star, but he has the size and defensive skill to make an impact off the bench. He is among the best defensive rebounders in the draft, as he averaged 7.2 defensive rebounds per game last season. While he has the size and leaping ability to be strong on the defensive glass, he has to improve his lateral quickness to be a strong defender at the NBA level.

Offensively, his points per game increased every year he was at Duke, going from 10.4 points per 40 minutes his freshman year to 19.7 points per 40 minutes his senior year. He uses his ability to get up and down the court without the ball to be effective offensively, while his post game consists of mainly hook shots.

Notes: He is the brother of Miles Plumlee, who was drafted with the 26th overall pick last year by the Pacers. His younger brother, Marshall Plumlee, is entering his sophomore season at Duke in the fall. … Plumlee was an Academic All-American as a junior and senior.

Recent articles:

Hoops Hype: Mason Plumlee: “I’m tested and I’m ready to help a team right now”

Celtics Life: Celtics work out seven more draft prospects, including Mason Plumlee

Video: Here is a highlight mix of Plumlee’s senior season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad 06.19.13 at 10:41 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.

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

Position: Small forward

School: UCLA

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 225 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year (2013), All Pac-12 first team (2013), All Pac-12 Freshman team, Naismith Boys Prep Player of the Year (2012), McDonald’€™s All-American Game MVP (2012), Nevada Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2012, 2011)

Key 2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 37.7 3-point field-goal percentage

What he brings: It’€™s hard to doubt Muhammad’€™s scoring ability, but that’€™s about the only consistent aspect of his game. According to draftexpress.com, his effort on defense is sometimes lacking, although he’€™s certainly shown the ability when he wants to turn it on. He does a majority of his rebounding at the offensive end.

NBA.com attributes Muhammad’€™s success to his strength, toughness and scorer’€™s mentality. The Las Vegas native, who thinks he will be shooting guard in the future, likened himself to James Harden, and some scouts said Muhammad is more even athletic than Harden was coming out of college.

Notes: After missing the first three games of his lone season at UCLA due to impermissible benefit issues, Muhammad scored double digits in 31 out of 32 contests. He averaged less than one assist and one steal per game. ‘€¦ He comes from an athletic family. His Uncle, Stephone Paige, is a former Kansas City Chief, while his father, Ronald Holmes, played basketball for USC in the early ’80s and his sister, Asia, is a professional tennis player. ‘€¦ Muhammad has dealt with Tourette syndrome for much of his life, though he’€™s balanced it well with basketball. ‘€¦ Muhammad and his father were caught lying about the player’€™s age, leading everyone to believe he was born a year after he actually was. His father also was indicted last month on charges of federal bank fraud for his role in an alleged mortgage scam. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be on home arrest.

Recent articles:

CBS Sports: Buyer beware on Shabazz Muhammad

Sacramento Bee: Shabazz Muhammad takes pare in pre-draft workout for Kings

Video: Here’€™s an NBA video of Muhammad’€™s workouts at the draft combine.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence G Ricky Ledo 06.18.13 at 6:34 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.

RICKY LEDO

Position: Guard

School: Providence

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Jordan High School All-American (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: Ledo did not play in 2012-13.

What he brings: Ledo comes equipped with the ability to be either a shooting guard or point guard, having done the latter for PC’€™s scout team this season. He’€™s strong athletically and is a solid ball-handler, based on his performance at the NBA combine, according to draftexpress.com, which called him ‘€œa long-term project’€ due to his lack of experience. Providence coach Ed Cooley commended the guard’€™s shooting ability while also noting his impressive range in this NBA.com piece.

Back before he went to Providence, draftexpress.com wrote that he was a ‘€œmixed bag’€ on defense, though the potential was certainly there for him to be very good on that end, both on and off the ball. That November 2011 showing also earned Ledo an O.J. Mayo comparison.

Notes: Ledo’€™s development has been hampered because he was limited to practicing with the Friars in 2012-13 due to his status as a ‘€œpartial qualifier’€ for issues stemming from his attending four high schools in five years, a trend that has caused concern among some when evaluating his character. ‘€¦ As a senior at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, he averaged 23.4 point and 6.2 rebounds per game. ‘€¦ While he briefly attended St. Andrew’€™s in Barrington, R.I., he was teammates with fellow draft prospect Michael Carter-Williams.

Recent articles:

JSonline.com: No college, no problem for Ricky Ledo

AZcentral.com: New Suns GM Ryan McDonough comments on Ledo’€™s recent workout with Phoenix

Video: Set to Flawless Tracks’€™ ‘€œBest Kept Secret,’€ here are highlights from one of Ledo’€™s workouts last month.

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