Saturday, May 25, 2013
Where the pre-draft workouts rank
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics worked out 12 players during pre-draft sessions over the past two days at their training facility in Waltham. A look at where those prospects currently sit on colleague Chad Ford's Top 100 rankings and his projections for each player:
The Celtics have only one pick in this year's draft, No. 16, and traded away a pair of second-round picks to Portland as part of the three-team sign-and-trade swap that delivered Courtney Lee last summer. So what can we infer from the team's first batch of workouts?
It's no secret that point guard and center were areas of need during the 2012-13 season. Assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who ran the pre-draft workouts, deferred to coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in regard to what positions the team might be targeting, but clearly the Celtics have their eyes on those spots during this batch of workouts.
Adams and Larkin have received a lot of pre-draft buzz, but could be potential targets if they are still on the board when the Celtics pick. Jackson, who shined during a pre-draft workout in New Jersey earlier this month, is the type of player that Boston could be gauging whether it's worth taking where they are slotted. Ainge has never been afraid to explore moving around, and Boston seems to be surveying the talent level of potential second-round picks (despite not currently owning a selection in that round). Remember, too, that those players that go undrafted could always latch on with the summer league team or earn a training camp invite with a chance to compete for a roster spot.