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Celtics use the draft to plant seeds in future free agents’ heads

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 11, 2012 Celtics News, Draft, Draft News 11 Comments

Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

This is why the people who run basketball teams are infinitely smarter than idiot bloggers like me.  Because I would be going to to things like the NBA draft combine and focusing primarily on figuring out who the Celtics could draft at picks 21 and 22. 

But the Celtics and the Spurs, two of the most well-run organizations in the sport, also see the long-term opportunities to plant some seeds.

In yet another sign that the teams at the top never stop working, San Antonio (no first-round picks) and Boston (Nos. 21 and 22) requested combine interviews with numerous high-profile prospects whom they have no chance of drafting. Silly though it may seem, the teams see it as their only chance to connect with a promising player who will be a free agent someday

Pretty slick.  Hell, I’d call this a legal pre-tampering sort of thing.  And there’s really nothing anyone can do about it.  You can’t make a rule that says “you can’t talk to someone you’re not likely to draft”  because you don’t know what kind of trades these guys might be cooking up, nor can you predict how low a guy would drop.

It’s just another example of how these teams take advantage of everything they can to get an edge, and how far ahead they plan.  While you and I are so intensely focused on what’s going to happen in a couple of days, these guys are looking three years down the road.

One other note from that piece:

Washington’s Terrence Ross has serious sleeper potential, and all of it — the range, quickness and athleticism — is there for teams to see in this process. The 6-7, 197-pound guard is taking the nothing-to-hide approach to promoting himself. He said he has already worked out with the Timberwolves, Celtics, Nuggets and Hornets, and has sessions scheduled with the Raptors, 76ers, Suns and Trail Blazers. He averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Huskies last season while playing alongside a point guard in fellow draft prospect Tony Wroten who had more turnovers (132) than assists (130).
 
Boston will be working out so many guys, I wouldn’t get too worked up about which position the guys they work out play.  They’re just looking at EVERYONE.
 
Hat tip: Project Spurs

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  • JimmyG

    More Turnovers than Assists? How is that even possible? I’m excited for the draft this year even if we have late first round picks. You never know with these things.

  • zippittyay

    As long as we are on the subject of the draft, I compiled a list of every probable possible pick they get with their draft position.

    Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois.
    Jeremy Lamb, G/F, Connecticut.
    Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky.
    Dion Waiters, PG/SG, Syracuse.
    Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State.
    Tony Wroten Jr., PG/SG, Washington.
    Fab Melo, C, Syracuse.
    Terrence Ross, SG, Washington.
    Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt.
    Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s.
    Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor.
    Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky.
    Kyle O’Quinn, C, Norfolk State.
    Drew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure.
    Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt.
    Orlando Johnson, SG, UC Santa Barbara.
    Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico.
    Evan Fournier, SF, France
    Draymond Green, PF, Michigan State;
    Royce White, SF, Iowa State;
    Andrew Nicholson  PF/C St. Bonaventure
    Perry Jones  PF, Baylor,
    Tony Wroten PG/SG Washington
    Will Barton, SG/SF, Memphis

    I’m inclined to agree with the NBA.com mock draft and root for Royce White and Andrew Nicholson. Perhaps the ‘new’ Reds Army could construct some sort of ongoing mega-poll where we could all voice our opinion…..

    • hackashaq

      I notice that you left off Kevin Jones (WVU – PF/SF) and Quincy Acy (Baylor – PF).
      Despite draft stock not being high, Jones has size, rebounds well, and a solid shot. He’s not flashy, but has a good head on his shoulders that would be a solid fit in Doc’s system.

      • zippittyay

        NBAdraft.net actually has the Celtics taking Quincy Acy with the 51st pick and Kevin Jones going next to GS.

  • thetitleisours

    Zip. I hope it is Melo and White but would not cry if Jeff Taylor or Moultrie are in there.

  • shawn

    I like the tandem of Syracuse melody waiter

  • EMurph413

    I really hope the Celtics go for Royce White. The kid has a pretty amazing skillset and good size. I know he has anxiety issues, but I think a veteran team and a great coach could really help.

  • colaroaster

    moving into picks 8-15 would be clutch and there’s a slew of talent w/major upside, but doc’s just going to bury them on the bench.. why not trade the picks?

  • Jeremy Etom

    A very good chance that Danny will pick someone that another team wants, in exchange for someone the Celtics want + a pick/player/money. Same thing that net us JJJ instead of Marshon Brooks.

  • Coach AJ

    We’ve got JJJ(PF), and Moore(PG), but still need a C. We should look at a bigger SG, like Evan Fournier from France. And Fab Melo, a defensive 7ft Center. Adding them could have a 3rd string that is young but pushed to perform in practice by the vets.

  • hackashaq

    Melo is not NBA ready, he’s got size but mentally he’s just not there. My office chair has a better chance at understanding an NBA sized playbook. It should also be noted that as a 7’er in cuse’s 2-3, he didn’t have to move much and there is no defensive 3-seconds. There’s a great group of PF’s there.. he’s just not it it.