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“There’s a chance we could move up. We have to see how it unfolds,” he said. “We’ll definitely explore the possibilities. We have two (first-round) picks next year, so we have something to use if we wanted to move up in this year’s draft. But we could also explore moving out.”
Here’s one bit of optimism for a team picking at No. 25: Though this draft doesn’t have a lot of premier talent, it is said to run deep with players on the next, more utilitarian level.
“The expanding middle class is how I describe it,” Ainge said. “It’s a draft that’s similar to recent drafts, and things seem to be moving in this direction. There’s a lot of decent players.
“There will be good players, but no transcendent players — no LeBron (James), Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose.”
Ugh – draft talk. Guess I'm still not over the devastating end to our season.
Danny does have a knack for drafting well in the mid-to-late first round (Rondo, Perk, Al Jefferson, Delonte West, Tony Allen), but success is no sure thing (see JR Giddens, Gerald Green).
And let's not forget about Avery Bradley:
“If Avery were in this draft, he would be in the top five,” he said yesterday. “There weren’t 20 guys better than him in that draft. He went at No. 19 because he got hurt.”
ESPN's Chad Ford has posted his mock draft (Insider). He has the Celtics grabbing Jordan Williams, a 6-10 center from Maryland:
Analysis: The Celtics miss Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted (by Memphis) late in the first round of the 2003 draft. Williams could be another potential sleeper. He is big and physical and was one of the best rebounders in college basketball this past season. If he can stay in the sort of shape he displayed in Las Vegas, he could be a steal at this juncture in the draft.
On Page 2, a bunch of stuff you probably didn't know about the Cs.
“Big Baby's trying to learn to say ‘hello,’ which isn't going too well. He [mispronounces] everything, everything, but he's trying. It's ‘zdravo’ and he's like, ‘jahisdrabo.’ I don't know what he says (laughs). It doesn't even sound close to it. Serbian is actually a pretty hard language to learn.” – Sasha Pavlovic.
“Rondo is the pickiest eater. He's weird about his food and the types of food he eats. He doesn't like cheese on his hamburgers. He just doesn't like certain things. No spaghetti and pancakes for him.” – Glen Davis.
“Kevin [Garnett] likes the green Dial soap. That's it – no other color, just the green. I always get the right one. I usually put it in my phone [to know what it looks like].” – Avery Bradley
It's hilarious that Avery Bradley is out buying KG's soap.
Be sure to check out the rest – its an enteraining article (albeit in annoying slideshow format) by our friend Jess Camerato.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Eyes on the clock | Rivers' surgery removes benign polyp | Report Card – Glen Davis | ESPN – Dirk dominates as Mavs take opener | Herald – Russell flattered by memorial | Globe – Russell, Allen to speak at Obama event |