Aaron Gordon (Jeff Gross/Getty Images Sport)

We continue our look at the top candidates to be selected by the Celtics with the sixth pick in this month’s NBA Draft. See also our profiles of Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Name: Aaron Gordon

College: Arizona

Position: Power forward

Age: 18

Stats: 6’9″, 225 lbs.

Background

Gordon is one of the youngest players in the 2014 Draft, as well as one of the talents that will need the most development before becoming a bona fide NBA star. He also has tremendous potential, and has been making waves since high school. As a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, he was named USA Basketball’s male athlete of the year and was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game. Prior to beginning his college career, he led Team USA to its fifth FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Prague, where he was also the tournament MVP, following in the footsteps of the likes of Toni Kukoč, Andrei Kirilenko, Andrew Bogut and Jonas Valančiūnas. Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Aaron Gordon »

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With any luck, Kevin Love will be shaking hands on the court with a different #9 - Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. (Photo courtesy of NBCSports.com)

If Kevin Love simply visiting the city of Boston was enough to set Celtics fans’ hearts aflutter, the sight of Love shaking hands with Rajon Rondo is liable to lead to a full-blown coronary.

Well, hopefully you have a CPR kit handy, because that’s exactly what happened with both NBA All-Stars taking in Sunday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park:

Continue reading Photo: Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo Catch Red Sox Game at Fenway »

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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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