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Your Morning Dump… Where the C’s will target size in the draft

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 14, 2012 Draft, The Morning Dump 21 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Three big men stand out as players that could be available when the Celtics pick: Syracuse’s Fab Melo, Iowa State’s Royce White, and St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson.

Melo is a legitimate 7-footer, who took major strides in his sophomore season at Syracuse. He blocked 2.9 shots per game and was named the Big East defensive player of the year.

[...] White has a much more refined offensive game than Melo. The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder has the size to bang with power forwards, but possesses guard skills with the ball in his hands. He averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his sophomore season.

[...] The 6-9, 234-pound Nicholson was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and dominated in the conference tournament to lead the Bonnies to their first NCAA tournament berth since 2000. He’s an efficient offensive player (18.5 ppg) with impressive range, and uses a combination of length and timing to block shots

Herald:  C’s sure to target size in upcoming draft

Big men are so scarce, Ryan Hollins, a guy deemed expendable by the Cavs, a guy who did this,  got meaningful minutes in a Game 7.

None of these guys in the draft is perfect either.  Melo was the Big East defensive player of the year, but he’s not going to be much of a contributor on offense.  White has size and ability, but has an anxiety disorder that could be a hindrance to his development.  And Nicholson seems to have a lot of tools, but at 6’9″, 234 pounds, can be moved around by bigger players at his position.

Of those 3, I’d bet the Celtics lean more towards Nicholson.  First and foremost, he’s a four-year player, and the Celtics value maturity and intelligence.  He’s been a leader at St. Bonaventure, he’s succeeded under pressure, and he’s a generally efficient player. It’s easier to add some pounds onto someone than it is to create an offensive game for someone that doesn’t exist.

That’s just my bet now.  Between now and the draft, we’ll hear the Celtics drafting probably two dozen different guys, so just keep the names in mind as we move forward.

The rest of the links: 

ESPN Boston:  Report card: Ray Allen  |  WEEI  Potential Celtics draft previews: John Shurna  |  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  |  Ricardo Ratliffe  |  Dion Waiters  |  Justin Hamilton  |  Mo Harkless  |  Herald: Unclear future for Celtics  |  Celtics avoid perfect storm

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  • http://thegreatoutthere.blogspot.com Matt W

    I’m pulling for Fab Melo. We’ve had a defensive center before who doesn’t give much in offense, and it worked out pretty damn well.

  • piecz

    I’d love to get Melo. He got huge impact on Orange’s defense. They were one of the top teams in NCAA when he played and after his suspension they failed to achieve something.

  • DJisintheHall

    Don’t they have the 21 and 22 picks?

    Why not Melo and Nicholson.

    I watched Nicholson play in the tourney, guy can do a lot of things.

  • G4L

    I’m going to disagree with you about Nicholson. They already have the same 4 yr defensive player with good range in J. Johnson.

    Now about Melo, we already have a 7foot blocking machine with limited offense his name is Stiemsma. I think the celtics might take him because he’s a young 7 footer.

    I prefer Royce White. He is a monster who would probably play the 3 with way more upside and apparently has all the intangibles to go along with all the tangibles. The only thing holding him from a lottery pick is the problem of flying. I think he can get over that eventually.

    If Zeller slides (unlikely) he will be a great pick even if you have to move up a few spots to get him. He will be a legit double double center who can actually run the floor.

    • screaming jay

      I agree about Royce White, but I don’t understand what you mean by “problem of flying?”

      • colaroaster

        dj white has a major fear of flying in air planes. he’s also been documented with severe mental issues requiring meds.. for those reasons teams are backing off.

        personally i am pulling for perk to get amortized and returning to his boy rondo.

  • gooner

    I would trade 2 pikcs, JJJ and E. Moore for Tyreke Evans

  • mrchumpy

    I’d trade 4 dollars and a chicklet for James Harden, but it ain’t gonna happen.

    My first thought when reading the headline for this article was: “No shit.”.

  • Aaron

    I just don’t see Melo being available when the C’s pick. Not that he’s *that* great, but someone is going to reach for him based on size and defense.

    I’d love to have him, though. Maybe he could box someone out?

  • 54

    I don’t like Melo. You can’t trust him. According to the analysts at the combine, Syracuse had 5 plays on offense and Melo couldn’t even remember them. He would not work here. I would really like to see Jeff Taylor. Can play the 2 or the 3. Has size, speed and athleticism. He can make shots and play defense. He could spell Bradley or Pierce coming off the bench.

  • http://TownieNews.com Geoffrey

    I CANNOT stop laughing at that Ryan Hollins alley-oop fail video. Wow.

  • mrchumpy

    The kid was fail all around. He has a great body for the position but just no idea how to control it…

  • @Bostonsportz

    Andrew Nicholson fits our system the best with his ability to pick/pop–he’s no doubt perfect for us. he also has al jefferson like foot work

  • diddybop

    If you want a project, draft Melo. The kid is nowhere near ready to play. White and Nicholson are what they are – tweeners. I hope DA moves up and drafts Zeller. 7fter, sr, very polished game, and runs the floor incredibly well.

    I don’t know what it would take to get him, but if they want size, I rather see them go that route, than draft a bust waiting to happen (Melo) or more tweeners with no real position.

  • Cal

    I’d like Kyle O’Quinn, White and Lucas Nogueira in the second round

  • Brian

    I hope they can pick up White and Harkless but it looks like harkless might go sooner. They got a lot of options and this is a deep draft. I’d love to add guys like jae crowder and scott machado in the second round and get some depth on this team. With Green and Bass probably coming back and hopefully KG you don’t need much you just need bench guys better then marquis and hollins, I think we can do that in the draft.

  • Celticsfanatic

    I heard Nicholson was 6’10″. He also has a 7’4″ wingspan and an 8’11″ standing reach, two measurements generally considered over height these days in the NBA anyway (not that 6’10″ is short by any means). If we don’t trade these two picks in a deal for a player or for a higher pick, we have to nab Nicholson. Could be a very, very solid contributor to the team next year and in the future.

  • pete

    Nicholson and White look solid from the guys they’re realistically checking. Melo is a huge stiff. Marcus Denmon and Will Barton would be good options from the group they’ve worked out, but I don’t see as much as a need for SG. Jeffrey Taylor would be a strong pick. Jae Crowder should be the best pick, but who knows if they’re looking his way. The worst outcome would be trading up for Austin.

  • thetitleisours

    The team needs to have someone to backup PP this year. Maybe Melo and Quincy Miller (or Taylor)? Although Melo would and Nich would be OK.

    Would love it if they could move up in the second round (did I just say that?) to grab Darius Miller

  • RjD21234

    Love White for the Celts. Fits well as a poor mans Pierce. As far as his anxiety problem, he seems to have gotten it under control (he has been flying all over recently). Melo is risky. Don’t know if he’s mature enough for the celtics, but hes got some upside. Drafting Nicholson would show a lack of faith in JJJ, which I think is unwarranted. I hope DA can find a way to trade up for Leonard or package one of the picks to get Tyreke (who the Kings want to trade). That’s be the best.

  • Boogie

    these are all good points being made. I agree about Melo not being mature/smart enough to fit into our defense. he’ld create alot of fouls on our guys when trying to cover up for his mistakes. word is…. the guy is as dumb as they come. and on offense…. forget about it. White would not be a bad pick. but i’ld want him at the SF position. I can’t see him as a PF in this league. I would love to get Leonard as well, but he’ll probably be gone before we pick. But he, too, has “bust” potential. The guy I REALLY would love to see slide…. is Terrance Ross. That dude can FILL IT UP. Excellent scorer/finisher. Nicholson wouldn’t be a bad pick either. but….
    when looking at all these guys… there’s only 1 dude that has the looks of a serious warrior when looking at his eyes. a guy that hasn’t even been mentioned. Festus Ezeli has the look of a guy that I wouldn’t want to play against. Though I don’t know much about him. I think he was somewhat of a slow starter with his game. But when looking in his eyes… I see smarts and focus.