Over the last few weeks, the Celtics have hosted several pre draft workouts.
Some potential first round targets from the workouts include:Mason Plumlee – Duke (C) Jeff Withey – Kansas (C) Steven Adams – Pittsburgh (C)
If drafted, any of these players would likely jump right into the role of backup center.
Plumlee, 23, is one of the oldest players in this draft class. He played four seasons at Duke, and had his best year in 2012-2013 where he averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Withey, 23, is also one of the oldest players in the draft class. He made a name for himself over his four years at Kansas as one of the best interior defenders in the NCAA. In his senior season, he averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game.
Adams, 19, is considered more of a long term project than the other two. He had an up and down freshman season at Pittsburgh, averaging only 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks over 23.4 minutes per game. But while he lacks experience, Adams has the upside to become one of the top players of this draft class.
Some other players that the Celtics have worked out include:Jon Lee – Northeastern (G) Reggie Johnson – Miami (C) Ian Clark – Belmont (G) Colton Iverson – Colorado State (C) Greg Echenique – Creighton (C) Trevor Mbakwe – Minnesota (F)
The Celtics do not currently possess a second round pick, so this could hint that they are looking to either trade down or acquire a later pick through other means.
Even if they don’t acquire a second rounder, many of these players may go undrafted so look for the Celtics to potentially stash them in the NBA D-League.