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What the hell just happened?



In the end, moving up into the prized Top 10 of the 2015 NBA draft was not in the cards for Danny Ainge.

“I’m not disappointed,” said the Celtics president of basketball operations. “We tried. It just didn’t happen.

The Celtics selected Georgia State junior shooting guard R.J. Hunter with the No. 28 pick in the NBA draft.

 

The Celtics selected Louisville sophomore point guard Terry Rozier with the No. 16 pick in the NBA Draft.

As it stands now, the Celtics own the No. 16, 28, 33 and 45 picks of the NBA draft set to begin Thursday evening, though the C’s have been making concerted efforts to move into the top 10.

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald tweeted Thursday that, if the Celtics do end up making a trade to acquire a higher pick, they would likely aim for a “shooter/scorer instead of a big man.”

If they keep No. 16, though, it seems there are two options more likely than the rest, and one in particular. Of the various mock drafts, Wisconsin small forward Sam Dekker looks to be the most popular selection, while Kansas shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr. earned a few nods as well.

Here is a look at who some of the national draft analysts have the Celtics taking at 16:

CBS Sports: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
Chad Ford’s Top 100 (ESPN): Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
Chris Mannix (Sports Illustrated): Kelly Oubre, SG, Kansas
David Aldridge (NBA.com): Justin Anderson, SG, Virginia
Dick Vitale (ESPN): Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
DraftExpress: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report): Kelly Oubre, SG, Kansas
NBAdraft.net: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin

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Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2015 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics own two picks in each of the two rounds (16, 28, 33 and 45 overall).

LARRY NANCE JR.

Position: Power forward

School: Wyoming

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 227 pounds

Wingspan: 7-foot-2

Key 2014-15 stats: 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 50.7 field goal percentage

Scouting report: Nance has the prototypical measurables and skill set to play power forward in the NBA. With a 6-foot-9 frame and an extremely rangy 7-foot-2 wingspan, he brings the potential to fill out his body and dominate the position at both ends of the floor. He is an explosive athlete, with the mobility and quickness to navigate the lane and guard wings off the pick and roll. Although he’s not a post scorer, Nance brings stretch-four potential to the NBA with a solid mid-range game and a decent 3-point shot (34.1 percent in 2014-15).

While Nance., a projected second-round pick, holds great catch-and-shoot potential, he needs to improve his mid-range game off the dribble, according to some scouts. However, the major area of improvement NBA execs will be looking for from Nance is his post moves. He has a limited array of options and his footwork leaves much to be desired.

Nance felt good after his early workouts.

“Some went better than others, but I felt really good about all of them,” Nance said. “I’m very confident where I sit in the eyes of the NBA teams.”

Notes: Nance is the son of three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance, who played 14 seasons in the league with the Suns and Cavaliers. Nance Jr. led Wyoming in points, rebounds and blocks in 2014-15 en route to All-Mountain West first team and Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. He led Wyoming to the Mountain West Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, the team’s first since 2002.

Related articles:

USA Today: Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. grows beyond a disease’s constraints

Cleveland.com: Wyoming’s Larry Nance has come a long way from Revere High to being a star in the Cowboy state

The Players’ Tribune: NBA Job Application: Larry Nance Jr.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

ESPN’s NBA draft expert Chad Ford was on Zach Lowe of Grantland’s podcast Wednesday talking about the Celtics and their plan of attack for the draft based on how they’ve drafted in the past.

The point of emphasis for the Celtics in approaching this year, according to Ford, is that they’ll be looking to draft someone similar to Marcus Smart in the way that the point guard plays with a competitive edge and with a “fire in his belly.”

It’s for that reason that, though the C’s might focus on Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein for his talent, Ford said president of basketball operations Danny Ainge likes picking guys for their personality too. Ford suggested that Boston might opt for Croatia shooting guard Mario Hezonja because of his attitude.

“If you want to project who the Celtics are going to take at 16, you ought to look at what sort of player Danny [Ainge] likes from a mental makeup, and why they might be excited by a guy like Mario Hezonja from Croatia,” Ford said. “Everybody’s talking about them going after Willie Cauley-Stein, but Willie Cauley-Stein — from a talent standpoint, I see why the Celtics need him, but from a mental makeup, he doesn’t look anything like a Celtics pick. Mario Hezonja? That looks like a Celtics pick.”

But Hezonja keeps climbing on draft boards, predicted to go as high as No. 4 by some places, and though the C’s have been assertive in their attempt to move into the top 10, getting that high up would require a large trade. Cauley-Stein has also fallen in mock drafts, and his history of injury may be to blame.

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Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen