Julius Randle

Click here for our prospect profile of Randle.

With the 2014 NBA Draft approaching, the Boston Celtics are in a spot they have not been in since 2007, drafting inside the lottery with the sixth overall pick. In 2007 the Celtics traded the number 5 pick, Jeff Green, to the Seattle SuperSonics in the Ray Allen deal. The Celtics may make a trade again this year, but if they decide to keep their top pick, drafting 6-foot-9 power forward Julius Randle from Kentucky could be a solid option.

Randle played just one season at Kentucky, but his freshman year was very impressive. Randle looked to be a man amongst boys, recording the most double-doubles in all of college basketball with 24 and averaging 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Randle could give the Celts a big boost in the paint, especially being teamed up with fellow young big man Jared Sullinger. Randle has a lot of strengths that would help the C’s immediately, but also has weaknesses in his game that need to be improved upon. Continue reading Celtics Should Target Julius Randle in Draft »

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Miami is seeking a three-peat in its fourth straight Finals appearance after dispatching Indiana. (businessinsider.com)

The Finals are set, as Miami and San Antonio have advanced. The did so by dispatching the Pacers and Thunder in six games each. San Antonio especially had a tougher time than it anticipated, with Serge Ibaka making an early return to the Thunder. Still, it was not to be for OKC.

As for our contest, the Thunder cost some of our experts, with precious few points available at this point. But the six game series did manage to help out a bit for some.

But the contest is not over yet. One more round remains, the picks for which will be presented Thursday for Game 1. Stay tuned for them, but until then, updated results are below. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoff Expert Picks: Third Round Results »

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In Boston for the weekend, Kevin Love kicked it off by going to The Greatest Bar. Does this mean he wants to come to the Celtics? (Photo courtesy of Dirty Water News)

As general manager Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics scout potential lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Kevin Love may be doing some scouting of his own.

Rumor has it that Love is in Boston this weekend, touring the city, catching a Red Sox game (assuredly drawing a raucous cheer from the Fenway Faithful when he is inevitably shown on the scoreboard), and — begin rampant speculation — seeing if Beantown may be a suitable landing spot as he all but forces the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade him to another city. How else are Celtics fans supposed to interpret “I’m just here to check out the city and see what it’s like”???

Continue reading Restart the Rumor Mill: Kevin Love in Boston This Weekend »

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T. J. Warren (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We continue our look at players the Celtics could target next month with their second Draft pick, number 17 overall. Click here for our profile of UCLA point guard Kyle Anderson.

Name: T. J. Warren

College: North Carolina State

Position: Small forward

Age: 20

Stats: 6’8″, 215 lbs.

Background

Warren, a graduate of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, is coming off a very strong sophomore year of college, in which he averaged 24.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the Wolfpack, more than doubling his scoring output despite playing just 8.4 more minutes than he did as a freshman. He shot 52.5% from the floor and was a second-team All-American as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s player of the year, the first for N.C. State since Julius Hodge in 2004. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: T. J. Warren »

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Marcus Smart (John Weast/Getty Images)

Today we continue our yearly look at players the Celtics should have an eye on ahead of the NBA Draft. Check out our profile of another candidate for the sixth overall pick, Kentucky PF Julius Randle, right here. For another PG Boston could take later in the first round, read about UCLA’s Kyle Anderson here.

Name: Marcus Smart

College: Oklahoma State

Position: Point guard

Age: 20

Stats: 6’4″, 220 lbs. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Marcus Smart »

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Kyle Anderson (McClatchy-Tribune/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, we began our rundown of players the Celtics could target with the sixth overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft with our profile of Kentucky power forward Julius Randle. Today we turn to Boston’s other first-round selection, number 17, which they acquired through the trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn last offseason, and we do so with a look at former UCLA Bruin Kyle Anderson:

Name: Kyle Anderson

College: UCLA

Position: Point guard

Age: 20

Stats: 6’9″, 235 lbs. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Kyle Anderson »

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The NBA Draft Lottery was Tuesday night, and it sure didn’t disappoint.

Well, unless you’re a Celtics fan, after Boston ended up with the #6 pick in spite of a 33% chance of landing in the top three. Just ask Bill Simmons:

But nonetheless, despite the disappointment, the lottery provided plenty in the way of entertainment, especially if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. That’s as good a segue as you’re gonna get, so we might as well dive in, starting with the Cavs landing the top overall pick for the third time in four years:

Continue reading The Bill Simmons Face, the Luck of the Irish, Mallory Edens, and Other Thoughts on the NBA Draft Lottery »

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