As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

TIMOTHE LUWAWU

Position: Shooting guard

Country: Serbia (Mega Leks)

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 205 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-11

Key 2015-16 stats: 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists

Scouting report: Luwawu enters this year’s draft as one of the more athletic guards available. NBAdraft.net writes that his athleticism and physical attributes give him “good speed and solid leaping ability, combined with a long wingspan.” Complement that with his improved outside scoring and his ability to draw contact on drives, and Luwawu should be an efficient offensive player in the NBA almost immediately. Luwawu, projected to go toward the back end of the lottery or later in the first round, also uses his quick feet and physical length well on defense, as he is able to guard either the opposing team’s point guard or small forward.

“I improved everywhere this season,” Luwawu told DraftExpress.com. “Passing, shooting, going to the basket with contact, without contact, defense also. I improved everywhere, and I think everybody sees it.”

However, Luwawu’s driving ability could be improved by building his upper body strength. He may often draw fouls, but Luwawu needs to keep from getting bumped off course on his drives. Also hurting his driving ability is his 69.percent shooting from the charity stripe. Perhaps the most concerning weakness of Luwawu’s is his ball handling. He averaged almost three turnovers per game this season, and must work on dribbling with his off-hand in order to better protect the rock.

Notes: Luwawu was named to the All-ABA team for the 2016 season and helped Mega Leks win the Serbian Cup. He finished second on the team in points (14.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (37.2).

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Nicholas Frazier

Could Jamal Murray land in Boston Thursday? (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)At this point, just make the picks.



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Celtics draft picks this Thursday will have a busy summer ahead of them. Now, we know their schedule. 

The Las Vegas Summer League finalized its schedule Tuesday, which includes three games for the Celtics and a playoff schedule. 

The two venues are the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Celtics draft picks this Thursday will have a busy summer ahead of them. Now, we know their schedule. 

The Las Vegas Summer League finalized its schedule Tuesday, which includes three games for the Celtics and a playoff schedule. 

The two venues are the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Celtics will play the Bulls on July 9 at Cox Pavilion (6 p.m. ET), the Suns on July 10 at Thomas & Mack Center (10:30 p.m. ET) and the Mavericks on July 12 at Cox Pavilion (6 p.m. ET). 

There will then be six days of playoffs from July 13-18. Earlier this month, the Utah Summer League announced its slate of games including Philadelphia on July 4, Utah on July 5 and San Antonio on July 7. The games on July 4 and 5 will be at Vivint Smart Home Arena while the July 7 contest is set for the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center.

Summer league play consists of draft picks, first-year free agents and second-year players. 

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Mike Petraglia

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

DEYONTA DAVIS

Position: Power forward

School: Michigan State

Age: 19 (turns 20 on Dec. 2)

Height: 6-foot-11

Weight: 237 pounds

Wingspan: 7-foot-2

Key 2015-16 stats: 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 59.8 field goal percentage

Scouting report: Having played only an average of 18.6 minutes in 35 games with the Spartans, Davis is only a promising prospect for the time being, as there are many parts of his game that need to be built on. At the moment, Davis is very mobile for a big man and is adept as a rim protector. He did most of scoring around the rim, soaring high for alley-oops or collecting missed shots and slamming the ball home with ease. For a player his size, his athleticism and physical tools are likely the most impressive thing about him. He can guard perimeter players and would fit right in as a small-ball center in the NBA.

The plan wasn’t always for Davis to stay under Michigan State coach Tom Izzo for just a year, but as the year progressed, the more Davis realized the time to head for the NBA draft was now.

“I always kept in my mind that I could be a one-and-done,” David said at the NBA combine. “It was something I set for myself, me and Tom Izzo.”

Davis, who is projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round, was a key cog in Michigan State’s success last season, but the fact remains that there is plenty of work to be done by the big man. Besides scoring down low, Davis does not bring much else offensively. On the defensive end, he was often too aggressive, getting in foul trouble when biting on pump fakes. Davis also must remain focused more in games and work on both is offensive and defensive awareness.

Notes: Davis finished the season third in the Big Ten in blocks (64) and seventh in offensive rebounds (72). He also ended the year ranked second in field goal percentage and third in total rebounds.

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The Celtics continue to struggle to find a willing trade partner to take the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft and the culprit is the lack of talent on their roster to sweeten a deal.

According to ESPN’s Ryen Russillo, the Celtics are striking out in their efforts to move the pick.

The Celtics continue to struggle to find a willing trade partner to take the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft and the culprit is the lack of talent on their roster to sweeten a deal.

According to ESPN’s Ryen Russillo, the Celtics are striking out in their efforts to move the pick.

Russillo goes on to note that while some teams might like defensive stopper Avery Bradley, there’s little interest in Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, the 16th pick, etc. . . .

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WEEI

According to ProBasketballDraft.com, the Celtics continue to prioritize finding a scorer. And one of the players they are discussing is Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton.

According to ProBasketballDraft.com, the Celtics continue to prioritize finding a scorer. And one of the players they are discussing is Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton.

Middleton, who just signed a five-year extension, averaged 18 points per game last season. The 6-foot-8 swingman was a second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2012, having starred at Texas A&M.

He has shot 39 percent or better from beyond the 3-point stripe in each of his last three seasons, while managing a career-high 88 percent clip from the foul line last season.

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WEEI

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2016 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed eight picks: 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58. The draft will be held June 23 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

SKAL LABISSIERE

Position: Power forward

School: Kentucky

Age: 20

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 216 pounds

Wingspan: 7-foot-3

Key 2015-16 stats: 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks

Scouting report: Projected to be a top-two pick at the beginning of the season, Labissiere saw his stock fall a bit after he averaged only 15.8 minutes last season. Physically, Labissiere has all the tools, and he can move up and down the court very well for a big man. He specializes above the rim, often scoring on putback dunks or off of lob passes from teammates. Other than his down-low game, NBAdraft.net writes that Labissiere is “a natural, high level shooter with excellent form.” He often flashed his mid-range game in college, but it’s believed that he can develop that jump shot to become a valuable stretch four at the next level. Defensively, Labissiere has a knack for blocking shots with his wingspan and quickness.

What hurts Labissiere is that he never fully lived up to hype about him before his freshman season. He lacks discipline on both ends of the court, and will be a long-term project for an NBA team. He is a bit thin for a 7-footer, and gets bullied in the paint a bit too often. This hurt his rebounding game, and was part of the reason he didn’t get as much playing time as he was expected at the beginning of the year. He’ll need to be a little meaner for the NBA in order to fully utilize his talent and potential.

Notes: Labissiere lived in Haiti until an earthquake in 2010 forced him to move to the United States. … While at Kentucky, he won SEC Freshman of the Week twice, and led the team in blocks in 12 games. … Labissiere was a 2015 Jordan Brand Classic member and was a part of the Nike Hoop Summit World Team that same year.

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Nicholas Frazier