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Boston Celtics 2012 Draft Targets: Moe Harkless

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Moe Harkless: 19 years old; 6’8″; 208 lbs

School: St John’s

Position: Small Forward

Background: Moe Harkless burst onto the scene in 2011 when he was named Big East Rookie of the Year. In his first collegiate season, Harkless averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in nearly 36 minuets per game. Harkless is just 19 years old and already looks the part of an NBA player.

At 6’8, Harkless has ideal height for an NBA small forward and possesses an excellent wingspan. He is an above average athlete who looks polished around the hoop and is excellent in transition.  Harkless is a scrappy player and gets the most out of his athleticism by bringing energy to the floor.

Does he fit the Celtics?

Yes. Paul Pierce isn’t getting any younger and there will be competition to sign Jeff Green this offseason. Danny Ainge should look to go big and athletic with the Celtics’ two first round picks. Harkless would fit into the athletic category and then some. With his size, energy and skill set, Harkless could provide the Celtics with something that they haven’t had coming off the bench in a while, an impact player. If he is available at picks 21 or 22, the Celtics would be foolish to pass on him.

Odds Harkless is in Celtic green next season: 50%

If he’s there then the Celtics will take him. The problem is there is a 50-50 chance that he gets picked before the Celtics reach the podium. A franchise picking before the Celtics could fall in love with Harkless and take him. The fact that Harkless produced at St. Johns at just 19 could mean we hear his name called before the Celtics pick. Look for him to go anywhere between 14 and 22.

Final Thoughts:

Moe Harkless is a guy with tremendous upside. Right now he is still a bit raw in terms of his skill-set, but that will change with time. He also must continue to get stronger as he matures and his body fills out. There is a decent chance that we could be looking at the next Gerald Green-  a super athlete that’s young and needs time to grow. If that is the case then hopefully the Celtics learned from their previous mistake and give Harkless the chance to mature as a player.

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