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Thomsen on D&H: ‘Celtics got a better version of Eddie House’ 06.25.10 at 3:17 pm ET
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A day after the NBA draft, Sports Illustrated NBA insider Ian Thomsen talked to the Dale & Holley show to discuss what the Celtics picked up in the draft, what the future holds in store for the C’€™s and where LeBron James will end up next year.

‘€œThe Celtics got a better version of Eddie House,’€ Thomsen said about Avery Bradley, the Celtics’€™ first-round pick. ‘€œThey got a guy who’€™s a terrific shooter; he’€™s got great range, but he’€™s a very good defender.’€

‘€œThe one thing he doesn’€™t do [is] he doesn’€™t drive the ball great. He’€™s a much better shooter than he is a driver. …They’€™re going to have to hope he can come off the bench and be the backup point guard they needed.’€

Highlights of the interview are below. To listen to the interview in full, click on The Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On the possibility of Paul Pierce signing a smaller contract to bring in a big name free agent:

You know, they renounce him and then they give up their Bird rights to him, so now when he signs a new contract, he gets none of the value of re-signing with his own team. It’€™s like he signed with another team. It’€™s a risky thing; I can’€™t remember the last time that happened. I’€™m sure it has, but would it happen?

I would say it won’€™t, because when you look at it now with these other teams trying to clear so much space, there’€™s more cap space out there than there are star players. There’€™s going to be a lot of money that goes unspent or it’€™s going to be spent badly because there’€™s nobody to sign. It’€™s one of those things you think about, it’€™s like a loophole kind of deal. It’€™s like when they drafted Larry Bird the year before they signed him. I just don’€™t see that happening.

On Avery Bradley:

The Celtics got a better version of Eddie House. They got a guy who’€™s a terrific shooter; he’€™s got great range, but he’€™s a very good defender. The one thing he doesn’€™t do [is] he doesn’€™t drive the ball great. He’€™s a much better shooter than he is a driver. And is he a true point guard? They’€™re going to have to hope he can come off the bench and be the backup point guard they needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Draft rumors: Hornets’ No. 11 pick available 06.24.10 at 11:04 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hornets are listening to offers for the No. 11 pick because they need money. The pick probably would come with the requirement that the acquiring team take on the salary of former Celtic James Posey or Julian Wright. This comes on the heels of rumors that star point guard Chris Paul could be traded if the right deal comes along.

Yahoo! also reports that the Kings have settled on Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins with the fifth pick.

The New York Daily NewsFrank Isola reports that the Knicks, without a first-round pick, are looking to find a way into the first round, with their sights set on Iowa State forward Craig Brackins, New Mexico small forward Darinngton Hobson or Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez.

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Report: Nets to take Favors at No. 3 at 10:29 am ET
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According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, the Nets plan to select Georgia Tech freshman power forward Derrick Favors over Syracuse small forward Wesley Johnson with the third pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The story indicated the Nets want to make sure they have a frontcourt presence and consider Favors a more tradeable asset.

The top two picks are expected to be Kentucky’s John Wall (Wizards) and Ohio State’s Evan Turner (76ers).

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Report: C’s offer Perkins for pick at 7:05 am ET
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According to a report at AOL FanHouse, the Celtics have offered center Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 draft pick to teams with high lottery picks leading up to Thursday night’s NBA draft. Perkins, who has an expiring contract worth $4.4 million next season, is preparing for surgery after tearing his medial collateral ligament and partially tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA finals vs. the Lakers.

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The 19th pick in the NBA draft 06.23.10 at 8:11 am ET
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On Thursday, the Celtics will put the past behind them and look to the future with the NBA draft in New York City. The C’€™s are going to have plenty of gaps to fill, with the possibility of Rasheed Wallace retiring, the future of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in question, and other players, namely Nate Robinson and Tony Allen, becoming free agents.

The Celtics have one pick in the first round of this year’€™s draft, just beyond the halfway point, at 19. A pick at that number typically is not somebody a team can build around, but a pick that can be a role player or a deal-maker in trades. A role player would be just what the Celtics would need.

Looking over the past picks at No. 19, a few names stick out. There’€™s Hakim Warrick from 2005, Zach Randolph from 2001, Jamaal Magloire from 2000, Scot Pollard from 1997, Rod Strickland from 1988 and John Paxson in 1983. Boston has had the 19th pick twice in the past 15 years: 1993 (Acie Earl) and 1990 (Dee Brown). The Celtics also got 1996’€™s No. 19, Walter McCarty, a year after his rookie season. Back before the NBA-ABA merger, the 19th pick was in the second round, but there were significant picks, like Jerry Sloan in 1964 and the list’€™s lone Hall of Fame No. 19, Nate Archibald in 1970.

Here’€™s a list of the No. 19 picks in the past 25 NBA drafts.

2009 ‘€“ Atlanta Hawks: Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
2009-present: 71 games, 228 points, 122 assists, 67 rebounds, 39.6% FG

2008 ‘€“ Cleveland Cavaliers: J.J. Hickson, NC State
2008-present: 143 games, 934 points, 49 assists, 565 rebounds, 54.3% FG

2007 ‘€“ Los Angeles Lakers: Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech
2007-2009: 113 games, 595 points, 201 assists, 276 rebounds, 44.2% FG Read the rest of this entry »

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Celtics draft prospects 06.22.10 at 3:51 pm ET
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The revamping, or possibly the rebuilding, of the Celtics begins Thursday night with the NBA Draft. The C’s still have a number of unanswered questions heading into the offseason, but they do stand to select a player who can contribute next year.

This year’s draft is top-heavy with two sure things: John Wall and Evan Turner. After that the next five picks figure to be (in some order): Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, Wesley Johnson, Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu.

That’s where the draft begins to take on an unexpected flavor. There doesn’t appear to be much separation among the next 20 or so prospects, which could lead to a wild night of trades if teams have zeroed in on a specific player.

If the Celtics stay at 19 they are likely to be looking at either NBA-ready wing players or developing big men. While not perfect, Danny Ainge has a strong track record of drafting both types of players. He hit on numerous second-round picks such as Ryan Gomes, Leon Powe and Glen Davis and he also drafted solid role players late in the first round in Delonte West and Tony Allen.

Ainge also tabbed Kendrick Perkins and Al Jefferson out of high school. The misses tended to be on projection players like Gerald Green.

His biggest hit was acquiring a first round pick from Phoenix to draft Rajon Rondo and there may also be the chance to draft a another point guard if either Avery Bradley or Eric Bledose falls to them.

This is an important draft for the Celtics. If they bring their core back for another run the draft can add some needed youth. If circumstances force them to adapt their plan, getting a player to grow with Rondo would be an important step.The 19th pick is no sure thing, see below, but based on the scouting reports and mock drafts they should be able to get someone who can be useful in whatever direction they wind up taking.


2009: Jeff Teague, Atlanta

2008: JJ Hickson, Cleveland

2007: Javaris Crittenton, Lakers

2006: Quincy Douby, Sacramento

2005: Hakim Warrick, Memphis

Here’s a look at some of the players that may be available: Read the rest of this entry »

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NBA draft: What they’re saying about C’s pick at 1:53 pm ET
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If we didn’€™t know what needs the Celtics had to fill in the NBA draft before the playoffs, we sure do now. A disappointing loss in Game 7 of the NBA finals gave us more than heartbreak, it also gave us an idea of what Boston could target on Thursday night when the nation gets introduced to the next wave of young talent.

Two needs seem to stand out. One is a big man who can provide rebounding and toughness in the paint. With an aging Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace, this is something the Celtics had to address in the offseason regardless. However, after the news of Wallace considering retirement and Kendrick Perkins suffering a severe knee injury, it’€™s even more necessary.

The second need, in some part due to the possibility of Ray Allen not returning, is a scoring shooting guard or small forward. Even with all the weapons Boston had this season, it struggled at times on offense, especially with the second unit. Retooling the bench with another scorer or replacing Allen, whether he leaves or not, is at the top of the list.

Looking around the web, there is a wide variety of opinions on whom the Celtics could select at No. 19 in the first round. The general theme though, is that Boston is going to pick either a big man or scorer. Florida State center Solomon Alabi is a player many prognosticators have pegged to be taken by Boston.

My NBA Draft and Hoops World predict Alabi will be slotted at No. 19 to give the Celtics the length they’€™re looking for. Alabi has excellent size and potential but is very raw on the offensive end of the floor. Defensively, he’€™ll be a presence in the post as witnessed by his 2.3 blocks per game as a sophomore. In terms of rebounding, which Boston will look for, Alabi pulled down a lackluster 6.2 boards and needs to improve in that area. Hoops Hype also has the Celtics selecting Alabi, whom they compare to the Grizzlies‘€™ Hasheem Thabeet. and Drafttek both have Boston grabbing Oklahoma State star James Anderson. The shooting guard has good size and a strong frame, making him an offensive threat from nearly every area on the court. Anderson’€™s shooting range translates well to the next level and he’€™s incredibly effective in catch-and-fire situations. compares him to former Magic player Nick Anderson and current Heat sniper Daequan Cook.

Another shooting guard that could be taken by Boston is South Florida product Dominique Jones, whom Yahoo! Sports and Draftology predict at No. 19. Jones was a big-time scorer as a junior when he averaged 21.4 points and 8.5 free throw attempts per game. He’€™ll bring instant offense and has the ability to go on big scoring runs, making him an intriguing pick for the Celtics.

At Sports Illustrated, Ian Thomsen’€™s version 2.0 mock draft has Boston going after Washington senior Quincy Pondexter. The 6-6 small forward is projected by most other sites as going late in the first round or early in the second.

The Hoop Doctors have Butler standout Gordon Hayward going to the Celtics. The 6-8 small forward led his team to the national championship and made a name for himself with strong performances throughout the tournament.

Fanhouse expects Boston to select the second Georgia Tech big man in the draft in Gani Lawal. Playing alongside start freshman Derrick Favors, the 6-9 power forward naturally saw his numbers decrease but still exhibited good defense and effective rebounding.

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