|Assessing the 2011 NBA Draft||06.29.11 at 3:42 pm ET|
The 2011 NBA Draft was short on star-power and long on intrigue. It failed to deliver on the latter count and it will take two, if not three years before we know the definitive answer to the first.
For all the sound and fury leading up to draft night it was fairly straight-forward affair. Trade rumors swirled, but in the end only one major deal went down: the three-way trade between the Bobcats, Bucks and Kings. Players that fell — Kawhi Leonard, Jordan Hamilton — didn’t fall far very far and there were few outright surprises in the first round.
Here’s an early look at how this year’s draft unfolded broken down into five tiers: Winners, losers, teams that gambled, teams that helped their cause and solid selections. For those who don’t want to search for it, I’ll throw the Celtics up top and place them right in the “solid” category.
The Celtics needed two things: size and shooting and they got both with Johnson, a 6-foot-10 shot-blocker with decent range. He’s not Chris Johnson thin, but he’s skinny, which is why he was available late in the first round.
The Celtics have been looking for complimentary big men for years. They’ve tried tall, athletic guys like Mikki Moore and Patrick O’Bryant, undersized bruisers like Leon Powe and Glen Davis and seemingly every fading veteran star from Rasheed Wallace to Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal.
If Johnson pans out he will give them a dimension they’ve lacked and help them matchup with teams like the Bulls, for example. On a team with so many open roster spots Moore will have a chance to stick if and when training camp ever begins.
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|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Hofstra G Charles Jenkins||06.09.11 at 4:53 pm ET|
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).
Weight: 215 pounds
Stats: 22.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 apg
What he brings: Jenkins’ numbers are impressive — he’s a scoring machine who also made 42 percent of his 3-pointers — but take a closer look, as Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn did, and they tell an even better story. Jenkins was not only efficient in ISO situations, but also as a spot-up jump shooter. Essentially, he has an NBA-ready offensive game.
The negatives on Jenkins are that he played in a non-major conference, although the Colonial Athletic Association is better than most people think, and he’s on the smallish side for a combination guard. He’s also 22 years old. But in a draft that’s heavy on projection, Jenkins stands out for his production.
Where the Celtics could get him: First round
What they’re saying: “Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins is the sleeper of this draft. The 6-3 senior is regarded as one of the country’s best mid-major talents, and was the CAA’s Player of the Year for two straight seasons, but few were aware of just how dominant of a scorer he really was.” — Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated
Notes: Jenkins, who grew up in Queens, lists Pearl Washington as his favorite player. If he is drafted in the first round he will become the first New York City public school alum since former Celtic Sebastian Telfair to be taken in the first round.
|Lucas Nogueira highlights latest Celtic workout||06.07.11 at 4:05 pm ET|
The Celtics had 11 players in for pre-draft workouts on Tuesday in Waltham including 7-foot Brazilian Lucas Nogueira, who is a first round prospect. Nogueira is a project, but at 18 years of age he is an intriguing one.
Other players in the workout included: Demontez Stitt, Kevin Anderson, Joffrey Lauvergne, Brad Wanamaker, Diante Garrett, David Lighty, Delroy James, Chaisson Allen, Cory Joseph and Terrence Jennings.
Stitt, Anderson and Jennings all worked out with the team on Monday, as well. Lighty, a forward from Ohio State and Joseph, a guard from Texas are both predicted to be second round picks.