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NBA draft lottery: Celtics receive 6th pick 05.20.14 at 8:40 pm ET
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Even Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca‘s lucky Rooster of Barcelos couldn’t help the team’s string of tough lottery luck, as the C’s landed the pick they were most likely to receive — sixth overall. As a result, any hope of selecting Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid flew the coop.

After losing the coin flip to the Jazz, the Celtics had a 34.2 percent chance at the sixth pick — by far the most likely scenario — and a 33.4 percent shot at the top three. The odds seem to be forever not in their favor.

“We were all disappointed, but at the same time, we were prepared for this,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “We knew that this was a strong possibility. It’€™s a momentary disappointment. You hope to get the lucky ball, but now we have some clarity and some marching orders.”

Meanwhile, in the biggest surprise of the evening, the Cavaliers received the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in the past four years. Cleveland had a 1.7 percent chance of picking first again.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Duke SF Jabari Parker at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

JABARI PARKER

Position: Small forward
School: Duke
Age: 19
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 240 pounds
Wingspan: 7-foot-0

Key 2013-14 stats: 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.1 steals

Scouting report: Parker brings one of the most complete and NBA-ready skill sets to the draft. With close, mid and deep scoring proficiencies, Parker’€™s versatility will help him during his adjustment to the pro game.

If anything, Parker’€™s skills are better suited for the NBA than they were the college game. In college, the clogged lane didn’t allow for him to utilize his fantastic ball-handling abilities to drive from the wing to the basket. Instead, most of Parker’€™s at-basket opportunities came as a result of his ferociousness when attacking the offensive boards.

Like most 19-year-olds, the 6-foot-8 forward experienced his inconsistencies shooting the ball. But Parker’€™s ability to hit shots both off the dribble and spotting up will be valuable. Additionally, it’€™s his ability to hit off-balance shots that separate him from many of the other forwards, not just in the draft but also in the entire NBA.

Parker will have his issues as a man-to-man defender due to his average lateral quickness, but he is a solid team defender and has a knack for blocking shots from the weak side. There’s also a chance that Parker’s individual defense will improve once he shreds his baby fat and turns it into pure muscle, which could happen if he is drafted into the proper environment.

Parker arguably has the highest upside of any player in this draft because of his scoring prowess. He also seems like a high character individual and a potential leader. This added personality bonus is only the cherry on top for a player who has all the physical tools to be an All-Star caliber player.

How he fits: Go-to scorers are hard to come by, and Parker could possibly fill that void. He has inside and outside scoring potential, and the perfect attitude for the job. If the Celtics are fortunate enough to have their choice, Parker might be their man.

Related articles:

Dean On Draft: Is he the next Melo fellow?

Sports Illustrated: Jabari Parker writes about decision to leave Duke

Video: Here is a video of Parker’€™s amazing life story.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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Irish Coffee: Valuing Celtics lottery trade potential at 2:40 am ET
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As the Celtics await their NBA lottery fate Tuesday, when Danny Ainge learns his reward for watching this past abysmal season, let’€™s keep in mind the potential trade value of a pick that could range anywhere from 1-8.

If Ainge hopes to land Kevin Love or make another draft-day trade, using this lottery bait, he must™ weigh the relative merits of keeping or trading the pick. A look back at deals involving top-eight selections over the last decade offers some insight into a) the level of talent each pick fetches in return, and b) who actually wins these trades.

2013

6. Nerlens Noel, 76ers

On draft day, Philadelphia surprisingly sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the No. 42 pick (Pierre Jackson) to the Pelicans for the right to draft Noel and a protected 2014 first-round selection. The winner of this trade remains to be seen. Still, if Holiday landed a top-six pick, what’€™s Rajon Rondo worth? A top-three pick?

2012

6. Damian Lillard, Blazers

In possibly the decade’€™s worst trade, the Nets exchanged this lottery pick, Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams for Portland’€™s Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing the Celtics would have no such luck dealing Wallace for Julius Randle come draft night.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Latvia PF Kristaps Porzingis 05.19.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

KRISTAPS PORZINGIS

Position: Power forward
Country: Latvia
Age: 18
Height: 7-foot
Weight: 220 pounds
Wingspan: Over 7-foot

Key 2013-14 stats: 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 14.0 minutes

Scouting report: Porzingis is a 7-footer who brings incredible potential as a shot blocker, defender and 3-point shooter. It’€™s hard to understand why he’€™s not a consensus lottery pick, though it may be due to his slight frame. But that’€™s hogwash. One needs just a look at a photo of Joakim Noah at age 18 to see that Porzingis has the same exact build as he did at that age.

Not to say that Porzingis will be a Defensive Player of the Year like Noah, but any concerns about his body should permanently be put to bed, considering his extremely wide frame — ideal for adding muscle — is a positive, not a negative.

Porzingis is attractive as a prospect because his skills are perfect for the modern stretch big man. He struggles with consistency from 3-point range (34.2 percent), but has excellent mechanics and looks silky smooth when spotting up in transition or halfcourt. As a bonus, Porzingis is quite athletic and can finish strong at the rim in transition. Once he adds muscle, it’€™s reasonable to assume he will make his way onto the SportsCenter Top 10 with some loud dunks.

At only 18 years old, Porzingis already is one of the better individual defenders in Spain’€™s ACB, arguably the second-best basketball league in the world. Cajasol was an average defense team (104.5 DRtg), but the team was better when Porzingis was on the floor (101.0 DRtg).

The Latvian 7-footer has a long way to go as a threat on the post, as a passer and on the boards, but for a (currently) underweight teenager playing in a league full of grown men, his production is exceptional. He’ll be a “draft-and-stash,” but the rewards could be bountiful in the coming years. In terms of value, Porzingis could be the steal of the draft, especially if he isn’t a lottery pick.

How he fits: Porzingis would provide the Celtics with a potential rim protector once he adds muscle to his wide frame, but in the short term, his aptitude for scoring would provide the team a boost. It’€™s difficult to slot Porzingis’ draft positioning, but he’€™s a possible top-10 talent who could slip to the 17th pick.

Related articles:

CelticsBlog: Which international bigs could the Celtics have interest in drafting?

Eurohopes: Kristaps Porzingis profile

Video: Here is a video scouting report of Porzingis.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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Report: Celtics to offer lottery pick in package for Kevin Love 05.18.14 at 7:09 pm ET
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Kevin Love is “anxious” to leave Minnesota, and the Celtics are among a handful of teams in pursuit of the three-time NBA All-Star, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly plans to offer the team’s lottery pick as part of a package for Love. The lottery is Tuesday night.

Love has told the Timberwolves brass he plans to exercise his 2015 early termination option and sign elsewhere if he is not traded, according to ESPN. The Warriors, Lakers and Suns also covet Love, who reportedly sees Golden State and Chicago as attractive destinations. Any trade partner would require assurance he would sign a five-year, $100 million maximum contract extension.

For more on the C’s pursuit of Love, similarities to the Kevin Garnett trade in 2007 and potential trade packages: “Double ’07: Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love and Celtics Restoration.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky G/F James Young 05.16.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

JAMES YOUNG

Position: Wing
School: Kentucky
Age: 18
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 215 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-11

Key 2013-14 stats: 14.3 points, 34.9 3PT%, 46.9 2PT%

Scouting report: Highly recruited out of high school, Young failed to meet the expectations set for him at Kentucky. However, he still managed to prove his potential as a go-to scorer with some terrific performances, including his 20 points game in the national title game.

The 18-year-old’€™s greatest potential comes as a spot-up shooter or as a “triple threat.” Young has great perimeter shooting mechanics, with a fast release and a long wingspan, which allows him to get shots off cleanly. Even though Young lacks high-end athleticism and advanced dribbling moves, he has the potential to be a scorer driving to the basket, as he showed in flashes throughout the season.

Young is an extremely poor defender and rarely stayed in his stance, often appearing disinterested about defending. Pre-draft interviews will be important to determine his willingness to play hard on that end of the floor; players with Young’€™s offensive skill-set are a dime a dozen, but the ones that can defend even at an average level manage to stick in the league.

A prospect like Young would benefit greatly from time spent learning the game in the D-League. Considering his raw abilities on both ends of the floor, being thrust into action may only stunt his development. But as the fourth-youngest player in the draft, Young has ample time to progress his skills and take advantage of his ideal body for an NBA wing.

How he fits: Young is so far away from making an impact in the NBA that it’€™s hard to see the Celtics selecting him. Even though the potential is there for him to be a quality scorer, the C’s have said they plan on being competitive next season and Young wouldn’t be able to immediately contribute.

Related articles:

Rant Sports: Young may be best prospect not getting much hype

Bleacher Report: Why Gary Harris is a safer pick than James Young

Video: Here is a video of Young’€™s 2013 performance against Michigan State.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan SG Nik Stauskas 05.15.14 at 9:00 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.

NIK STAUSKAS

Position: Shooting guard
School: Michigan
Age: 20
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 200 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-7

Key 2013-14 stats: 17.5 points, 3.3 assists, 44.2 3PT%, 82.4 FT%

Scouting report: Stauskas is a fairly safe pick since the NBA will always have a need for players who can spread the floor and shoot 3-pointers at a high level. At worst, Stauskas projects as a 3-point shooting specialist, though he brings more to the table.

Stauskas possesses excellent shooting mechanics, as proven by his ability to hit shots from all over the court and score equally as well on both attempts off the dribble or the catch. With pure athleticism and fantastic footwork, Stauskas will have no problems getting his shot off in the NBA.

But the 6-foot-6 Canadian (who prepped at St. Mark’s in Southboro) is considered a potential lottery pick because of the other intangibles he brings. Stauskas isn’t expected to be an isolation scorer, but he could work as a secondary pick-and-roll ball-handler, as he can penetrate the lane, finish in the paint or accurately dish the ball out to the perimeter.

With below-average lateral quickness, Stauskas will initially struggle defending NBA wings, but there is hope he improves as a team defender. Stauskas added 16 pounds of muscle and six inches to his vertical during the 2013 offseason, which took his game to the next level, so teams should expect him to at least become an adequate defender. Even if he doesn’t, the team that drafts him is getting a player that will knock down 3’s at a 40 percent clip, and there is a lot of value there.

How he fits: Stauskas would make an immediate impact for the Celtics because of his versatility as a shooter, but they probably would have to trade up from 17 into the back of the lottery to have a chance at selecting him. If Avery Bradley signs with another team, the need for a replacement shooting guard will be significant.

Related articles:

SB Nation: If Avery Bradley leaves in free agency, which draft pick could replace him?

The Detroit News: Stauskas gives Michigan a shot

Video: Here is a video of Stauskas shooting the lights out against Iowa.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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