- Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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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.
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: Player, College Top 100 Projection Steven Adams, Pittsburgh 13th lottery pick Shane Larkin, Miami 19th mid 1st Jeff Withey, Kansas 27th mid 1st Pierre Jackson, Baylor 31st late 1st Ricardo Ledo, Providence 36th late 1st Erick Green, Virginia Tech 39th late 1st Colton Iverson, Colorado State 42nd 2nd round/undrafted Phil Pressey, Missouri 47th 2nd round/undrafted Myck Kabongo, Texas 49th 2nd round/undrafted Vander Blue, Marquette 68th 2nd round/undrafted Peyton Siva, Louisville 72nd 2nd round/undrafted Gregory Echenique, Creighton n/a undrafted The Celtics have only one pick in this year's draft, No.