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Boston Celtics' 2012 draft needs

Updated: June 9, 2012, 11:47 PM ET
By David Thorpe

The Boston Celtics are old. They can't score. They are finished.

That's what most people thought about the gang in green. Meanwhile, they came storming back to win their division and played for the Eastern Conference crown. After their Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat, some holes have been exposed -- holes the Celtics will need to address in the 2012 draft.

If this is the official end of the Celtics' Big Three era, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are likely to stay. If Kevin Garnett, who has been outstanding this postseason, returns, they still have a terrific core. The Celts were boosted late by the play of young Avery Bradley, though the jury is still out whether he is the long-term answer as a starter.

The Celtics can be sure that Bradley will be in the rotation a good deal, as will shot-blocking phenom Greg Stiemsma. Bradley provides energy in the form of quickness and defensive pressure, but they need more of that. This draft can help in that regard.

Armed with two picks in the early 20s, the Celtics can get younger and faster in June. They likely won't trade both picks to move up for one guy with so much salary tied up in their core, so having a roster full of players on rookie deals is extra sweet. And any player who can offer minutes during the regular season will help a great deal, even if they are coming off the bench.

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