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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Wisconsin F Jon Leuer 06.13.11 at 11:56 am ET
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WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Jon Leuer

Position: Forward

School: Wisconsin

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 228 pounds

Stats: 18.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg

What he brings: Leuer possesses a potent inside-outside game. With a growing arsenal of post moves and a high basketball IQ, he rarely forces bad shots. He lacks the size and strength to get good position on the block at the NBA level but has developed a respectable perimeter shot.

Leuer also is a capable ball-handler. He may not be able to beat his defender to the rim on a consistent basis, but he’s more than capable of getting his man going backward and taking the pull-up jumper. Leuer also has range that extends beyond the 3-point line.

His slender build and mediocre athleticism also presents a defensive liability. Leuer needs to become more explosive to hold his own against the elite forwards in the league and has shown improvement in his pro workouts, according to scouts.

Where the Celtics could get him: Second round

What they’re saying: “He is an extraordinarily skilled guy for a guy his size, particularly on the perimeter. He handles it, goes to the basket strong and certainly shoots it with range. … This is a guy who has shown time and time again he knows how to score. And he knows also how to be able to play some defense on the perimeter despite being 6-10. … I think he’s got some skill and I think he is worth a strong look in the first round.”  ‘€” College analyst Len Elmore

Notes: Leuer started playing basketball in high school as a point guard, according to the Wisconsin athletics website. He has a workout scheduled with the Celtics on June 1.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Notre Dame G Ben Hansbrough at 11:04 am ET
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WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Ben Hansbrough

Position: Guard

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 203 pounds

Stats: 18.4 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.9 rpg

What he brings: The Celtics lacked a true scoring threat off their bench this year, with both Delonte West and Glen Davis (and Nate Robinson, before the trade) flashing brilliance but never achieving consistency. Hansbrough has the potential to give the Celtics that threat. He’€™s a quick guard who can spin and slash his way through the lane, and he also can catch and shoot the jumper. He’€™s unafraid to shoot 3-pointers, which makes him very hard to guard on offense. His defense is nothing special, but he works incredibly hard, something that will help him get along with players like Ray Allen, who he would most likely back up. He’€™s a confident shooter who’€™s been forged in the crucible of Big East basketball.

Where the Celtics could get him: Second round

What they’€™re saying: “He’s obviously a good shooter, scorer and passer, but it’s his will to win that sets him apart. Some guys have great stats and put up a lot of points; Ben has great stats, but his impact goes far beyond that. He’s a flat-out winner. When you’re being led by someone who has a will like that, it’s very contagious.’€ ‘€” Notre Dame teammate Joey Brooks

Notes: Hansbrough’s brother Tyler was a three-time All-American at North Carolina and now is with the Pacers. His mother, Tami Wheat, was named Miss Missouri 1978. His uncle Sean Fister won the world long drive championship in golf three times.

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Impromptu Irish Coffee: Celtics awesome at high-fiving 06.10.11 at 9:59 am ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

With only Northeastern product J.J. Barea‘s role in the demise of the Heat left for Boston NBA fans to root for, I’m not sure the news that the Celtics were the best team in the league at touching each other is any consolation.

But a recent study by researchers at the University of California indicated that the C’s are not only among the league’s elite in skill but also in chemistry, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The study analyzed the number of times NBA teammates touched each other, and the Celtics are some of the best high-fivers in the league.

After reviewing broadcasts of games from the 2008-09 season, they concluded that good teams tend to be much more hands-on than bad ones. Teams whose players touched the most often were more cooperative, played better and won more games, they said.

While there’s no evidence that an NBA team can touch its way to victory, the two touchiest teams in the study, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, finished the season with two of the NBA’s top three records.

So, where do they hang the banner: 2008-09 NBA Touchy-Feely Champions? Or is it a trophy of two players in a James PoseyPaul Pierce-like embrace? Does this make Brian Scalabrine Hall of Fame eligible as one of the great high-fivers in league history? So many questions.

And obviously Danny Ainge cost the Celtics another high-five title by trading Kendrick Perkins.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SF Tyler Honeycutt 06.08.11 at 12:29 pm ET
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WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Tyler Honeycutt

Position: Small Forward

Team: UCLA

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 190 pounds

Stats: 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.7 apg

What he brings: A 6-foot-8 wing with elite athletic ability who has yet to realize his tremendous potential. A guy who could provide depth behind Paul Pierce and defend the likes of LeBron James and Luol Deng for spells. Sound familiar? That’s what Celtics fans have heard about Jeff Green for a few months now, so the selection of Honeycutt — who is most often compared to Tayshaun Prince — might be a bit redundant.

Still, the UCLA would-be junior small forward is an intriguing option. He can cause problems for opponents on the defensive end (1.6 blocked shots per game last season) and facilitate on the offensive end (2.8 assists per game). However, he’s prone to turnovers (3.0 per game) and battled injuries throughout his two college seasons (shoulder, elbow, tibia and spinal issues) in addition to being criticized for his aggressiveness and shooting woes.

His numbers aren’t spectacular (his field-goal percentage dropped from 49.6 percent as a freshman to 40.6 percent as a sophomore), but the same could be said for recent UCLA-turned-NBA standouts Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison, Aaron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The simple fact that Honeycutt (along with college teammate Malcolm Lee) is the latest product from Ben Howland‘s system makes him worth a long look.

Where the Celtics could get him: First or second round.

What they’re saying: “It won’t surprise me if he goes top 10 in the draft, not at all, because of his talent. I know what he can do, so if he goes seven or eight it won’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact, it would probably surprise me if he went 20-30. That would surprise me. Because once people really see how talented he is, then they will understand my crazy comment.” — Sylmar (Calif.) High head coach Bort Escoto (Honeycutt’s high school coach)

Notes: There are two more peripheral things that would give me pause if I were Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge: 1) The professional athlete the Los Angeles-born Honeycutt admires most? Kobe Bryant; and 2) When a member of the Cavaliers brass asked him who he would choose if he had to pick between his girlfriend and his dog, Honeycutt was stumped. “I just didn’t even answer,” Honeycutt told Sports Illustrated. “I said I couldn’t answer that. It’s too hard to pick.” Ouch.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: USC C Nikola Vucevic 06.06.11 at 12:11 pm ET
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WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Nikola Vucevic

Position: Center

Team: University of Southern California

Height: 7-foot

Weight: 260 pounds

Stats: 17.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg

What he brings: Nikola Vucevic may be a European center, but unlike many before him he’s not an unknown commodity. He played his senior year of high school at Stoneridge Prep (Simi Valley, Calif.) before earning a scholarship to USC.

After averaging just 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds as a freshman, he captured Pac-10 Most Improved Player honors in his sophomore campaign and produced 17.1 points (50.5 FG%, 34.9 3-PT FG% & 75.5 FT%), 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks before declaring for the draft after his junior season.

The tallest player at the 2011 NBA combine, Vucevic possesses a lot of qualities generally associated with European bigs — touch around the rim, a reliable mid-range jump shot (as well as developing 20-foot-plus range) and a lack of athleticism. He’s been criticized for his failure to play “above the rim” and his lack of success against athletic NBA-caliber big men. However, his high motor, particularly on the defensive glass, has separated him a bit from the stereotype.

More skilled than a guy like Semih Erden, Vucevic is expected to be a valuable backup center in the NBA — a role the Celtics most definitely need to fill. Touted for his high character, Vucevic has hinted that he may play in Europe for a year should a lockout threaten the 2011-12 NBA season, and such experience could actually serve the still-developing center well.

Where the Celtics could get him: First or second round.

What they’re saying: “His strength, his conditioning, and the key, for me, for Nik to make it in the NBA, he has to become a proficient NBA 3-point shooter, which is a much harder shot than the college 3. And he’€™s not a totally proficient college 3-point shooter, yet. He’€™s got to be shooting four times a week, 1,000 NBA 3s a day. That’€™s what he needs.” — USC coach Kevin O’Neill

Notes: The Swiss-born Vucevic was raised in Belgium before moving to Montenegro as a teenager. Both of his parents — father Borislav and mother Ljiljana — played both professionally and for the Yugoslavian men’s and women’s national teams, as chronicled in this LA Times piece. Vucevic himself has played for the Montenegro U20 national team, averaging 15.5 points and 10.8 rebounds during the 2009 European Championships. Oh, and Vucevic, who said he would want to be an actor if he weren’t a basketball player (hence, USC), learned English partly as a result of watching “Love & Basketball” over and over.

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Instant Irish Coffee: Big Baby blogs 05.31.11 at 10:27 am ET
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Following an atrocious performance for the Celtics in the conference semifinals against the Heat, free agent Glen Davis is refocusing on two things that made him so successful to start the 2010-11 season — working out and eating right — as well as one new hobby: blogging.

Here’s a bit from Big Baby, who took some time out from eating chicken burgers, pasta and kale with strength and conditioning coach Kevin Kearns to blog at iambigbaby.com:

I am very excited to start working out again, set some summer goals and really get ready for next season. It is all about a balanced lifestyle, putting time in at the gym and eating right. I have a great team around me and as you will see my main man, my trainer, is already trying to one up me in the first edition!

While Davis may have a great team of trainers around him, he doesn’t have a basketball team to play with quite yet. The Celtics have said they will offer Davis a contract but won’t match an offer from another team that exceeds his value to the Celtics.

Of course, as is always the case, the blog isn’t always entirely accurate (it is the Internet after all). In his second entry, two weeks ago, he was under the impression that the Celtics had gotten a No. 2 seed in the NBA Playoffs. Perhaps that’s why he seemed so confused in Miami.

IMPORTANT NBA COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT DATES

If you’re at all interested in the possibility of an NBA lockout, Ken Berger‘s piece over the weekend is a must read. He highlights a few important dates in the negotiations and compares the NBA’s predicament to the current NFL fiasco. Here’s an important note:

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Columnists: Less Kendrick Perkins is a good thing? 05.23.11 at 8:59 am ET
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While many Celtics fans wished Danny Ainge could hit the rewind button on the trade deadline and get more playoff minutes out of Kendrick Perkins, at least two NBA columnists have urged Thunder head coach Scott Brooks to do the exact opposite and give the former C’s center less playing time.

Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is averaging 8.7 points on 60 percent shooting and 12.0 rebounds in 33 minutes a night, leading Dallas to a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, Perkins has produced just 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 27 minutes a game.

Here’s Oklahoman columnist Darnell Mayberry’s take on the lopsided matchup:

In Perkins’ 82 minutes of playing time, the Thunder has been outscored by 32 points. With Perk on the bench, the Thunder has outscored the Mavs by 23. Furthermore, with Chandler on the court, Perkins’ plus/minus per 36 minutes is minus-17.7, according to NBA.com’s StatsCube data.

Perkins has the worst plus/minus of any Thunder player in this series.

By comparison, the Mavs have outscored the Thunder by 19 points with Chandler on the court. And Chandler has made his impact mostly against Perkins, compiling a per 36-minute plus/minus of plus-17.7 with Perkins on the court and a minus-15.8 with Perkins on the bench.

And here’s ESPN.com columnist and stats guru John Hollinger’s breakdown:

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