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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgian F Tornike Shengelia 06.24.12 at 9:44 am ET
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As part of’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.


Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Charleroi (Belgium)

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 228 pounds

Key 2011-12 stats: 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 45.2 FG%

What he brings: Shengelia brings a lot of energy to the floor and possesses upside both at the offensive and defensive end. Although he’€™s 6-foot-9, he can play on the low post and with his back to the basket as he has an array of moves and excellent footwork. He’€™s also a very solid rebounder and has the ability to see the floor and pass with ease to his teammates.

Shengelia displays tremendous size and has the versatility to play both small forward and power forward in the NBA with his combination of strength and agility. He has a high motor that helps him get end to end fairly quickly and crash the glass with efficiency. He pulled down 9.2 rebounds per 40 minutes in the Euroleague, which is one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Shengelia’€™s worst attribute appears to be his outside shot, which he hasn’€™t been able to hit with consistency. That will likely need to improve at the next level for him to see the floor consistently as a role player. Defensively Shengelia is solid but will need to improve there as well to reach his full potential.

Where the Celtics could get him: Shengelia is projected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: Shengelia is a member of the Georgian national team. ‘€¦ He played consistent minutes in 2011-12 for the Belgian club Spirou Basket Charleroi in the Euroleague. ‘€¦ He finished second in camp MVP voting at the adidas Eurocamp in 2012.

Video: Here’€™s a closer look at Shengelia in action with the Georgian national team.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Bosnian C Ognjen Kuzmic 06.23.12 at 6:47 am ET
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As part of’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.


Position: Center

Team: Clinicas Rincon (Spain)

Age: 22

Height: 7-foot-1

Weight: 231 pounds

Key 2011-12 stats: 10.4 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.1 blocks per game

What he brings: Kumic is surprisingly athletic for a player that’€™s over 7 feet tall, and he uses that athleticism to crash the boards and create opportunities for himself around the basket. He lacks polish and consistency in his offensive game, but can be very productive at times. He has solid footwork with a soft touch and has shown potential with his jump shot.

The most glaring weakness with Kumic is his lack of strength. Despite his large frame, he gets pushed around under the block and is easily backed down by opposing big men. Still, he’€™s an imposing shot-blocker — swatting over two shots per game last year — and has excellent timing and jumping ability. If he can get his shot-blocking ability on par with his ability to defend and be more physical down low, Kuzmic can develop into a solid, role-playing big man at the NBA level.

Where the Celtics could get him: Kuzmic is expected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: A native Bosnian, Kuzmic began his playing career in his home country before going on to play in the first and second divisions of Finland, where his family lived after the war in Bosnia.

Video: Here are highlights of Kuzmic’s 21-point, 15-rebound, seven-block game against Tarragona last season.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Croatian PF/C Leon Radosevic 06.17.12 at 7:50 pm ET
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As part of’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.


Position: Power forward/center

Team: Armani Milano (Italy)

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 240 pounds

Achievements: Member of the Croatian junior national team

Key 2011-12 stats: 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 59.4 FG%

What he brings: Radosevic is the ideal size for an NBA big man and possesses a good basketball IQ and offensive game that is NBA ready. He can step away from inside the paint with ease for a big man, can run the pick and roll easily also owns an array of moves under the basket.

Defensively, however, Radosevic doesn’€™t have much strength and has trouble against more physical players. He gives up far too much space and lacks the ability to cut off driving, aggressive scorers. He’€™s also not a very prolific rebounder, as he gets banged around under the basket. Radosevic is not very athletic at all and he’€™ll likely need to be more active if he wants to become a quality, role-playing big man at the next level.

Radosevic was originally an early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA draft, but he withdrew after suffering a foot injury during the Adidas Eurocamp.

Where the Celtics could get him: If Radosevic gets drafted, it’€™s expected to be late in the second round.

Notes: Radosevic participated as part of the Croatian national team in FIBA Junior Team competition from 2006-10. In 2006, his team won fourth at the U-16 European Championships. His team won bronze in the 2008 U-18 European Championships and 2009 U-19 World Championships, respectively, and in 2010 finished fourth at the U-20 European Championships.

In 2010-11, Radosevic was a major contributor with Cibona Zagreb in Croatia, averaging 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in Adriatic League games and 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in nine Euroleague games. After withdrawing from the 2011 NBA draft, he signed with Armani Milano in Italy and saw his stats substantially diminish due to Milano’€™s depth and veteran-filled roster.

Video: Here are some highlights of Radosevic that feature his mid-range jumper.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Missouri G Marcus Denmon 06.15.12 at 12:28 pm ET
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As part of’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.


Position: Shooting guard

School: Missouri

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 188 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America second team (AP, Sporting News, USBWA, NABC), 2012 All-Big 12 first team, 2011 All-Big 12 first team, 2011 NABC All-District, 2011 USBWA All-District, 2010 Big 12 All-Reserve Team (media)

Key 2011-12 stats: 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 40.7 3P%, 89.6 FT%

What he brings: Denmon is not only a high-volume scorer — evident from leading Missouri in scoring last season and the team to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament — but he is extremely efficient in doing so. He made 40.7 percent of his 3-point attempts and was an efficient 89.6 at the free throw line, but also turned the ball over only 9 percent of his possessions, a mark further impressive due to the fact that he was Missouri’€™s No. 1 scoring option and had the ball in his hands most of the time.

There will be questions at the NBA level of his role in offenses. While he displays the ability to score at will from the perimeter, Denmon’€™s limited ball-handling skills and small size will deter him from taking his man off the dribble and creating his own shot. Still, Denmon showed that he has the will to change that and be more of an aggressive, two-dimensional player during his senior season, which should be pleasing to NBA scouts.

Denmon also has a bit of an identity crisis at the NBA level in figuring out what position he will play. He didn’€™t play point guard in college and is considered too small to play shooting guard in the NBA. He has enough quickness and athleticism to keep up with guards at the next level, but it’€™s questionable whether or not he has the size and strength to be able to guard NBA shooting guards.

With speculation of Ray Allen leaving the Celtics in free agency, Boston might be in drastic need of a knockdown 3-point shooter, which is a role that Denmon could fill.

Where the Celtics could get him: Draft experts are split on Denmon. Some predict he’ll go late in the first round, while others see him as a second-rounder or as someone who won’t get drafted at all.

Notes: Denmon participated in the 2012 State Farm College 3-point contest in March and fell in the semifinals of the competition. … Denmon’s uncle, Martinez Denmon, who helped teach Marcus the game, was a third-round draft pick (52nd overall) of the Celtics in 1973 out of Iowa State. He never played in the NBA.

Recent articles: Missouri Student Athlete Spotlight: Marcus Denmon

The Maneater: Marcus Denmon and his shot brand the program he leaves behind

ESPN: Marcus Denmon, grandma share bond

Video: Here’s a clip of Denmon scoring nine points — including the game-winning 3-pointer — in a span of 70 seconds to spark a comeback win over Kansas on Feb. 12. Denmon finished the game with 29 points and hit 6-of-9 treys.

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