2012 draft profile: Second-rounders
Miles Plumlee: Plumlee never put up stellar numbers during his four years as a Blue Devil, but he's an elite athlete for his size and can be a force on the glass when he sets his mind to it. Plumlee's stock has risen drastically over the last few weeks, thanks to some impressive workouts, and while it's looking unlikely he'll be available for the Celtics at #51, they'd be wise to scoop him off the board if he slides. He'll never be a go-to guy on offense, but every team can use an energy guy whose primary focus is rebounding.
Justin Hamilton: Another big man the Celtics might want to target late in the draft, Hamilton has a host of areas he can improve in, but he put up solid numbers in his one season at LSU, and Boston could stash him up in Maine and let him develop at his own pace. One interesting note: Recent history has seen Boston go the LSU route when it's come to big men, as Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Johnson, Glen Davis, and Brandon Bass have all made appearances in the Celtics' lineup in recent seasons.
Hollis Thompson: Thompson's shooting ability could make him attractive this late in the draft. At 6-foot-8 he'd be a small forward project, primarily, but he could also spend time at the off-guard spot. Thompson never shot less than 43 percent from 3-point nation in any of his three seasons at Georgetown, and he possesses the range to extend that accuracy to the NBA.
Quincy Acy: At 6-foot-6 Acy is a bit undersized for the small forward spot, but his considerable athleticism helps him overcome that. Like other guys on this list, Acy's offensive game is far from polished, but this late in the draft teams understand that they're drafting more for the future than anything else. Guys like Acy are ideal for the Celtics' new single affiliation with the Maine Red Claws, as he can learn the system and focus on honing his game, rather than trying to break into the lineup of what will most likely be a veteran-laden squad.
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