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June 26, 2014

Vonleh, Smart should be Celtics' targets in NBA Draft

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Julius Randle forward Kentucky — Probably the draft’s most underrated player. At 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds Randle can score (15.0 points per game) and can dominate the boards (10.4 rebounds). A back-to-the-basket player he showed major toughness by playing in the NCAA title game with an ankle injury. But he should not have skipped his second C’s meeting.

Dante Exum guard Australian Institute of Sport — He averaged 18.9 points a game last season in the FIBA U19 tournament. At 6-foot-6 some have called him a point guard while others see him as a shooting guard. His pick could be a sign of the C’s moving away from Rondo. Exum’s father played college basketball at North Carolina with Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

Skip him

Joel Embiid forward Kansas — We’ve all seen this movie before from Sam Bowie to Greg Oden — super-talented big men whose career busted due to foot injuries in college. Not only is Embiid currently suffering from a broken foot he dealt with back problems in college. Even when healthy he only averaged 11.2 points and eight rebounds a game. Too risky.

Doug McDermott forward Creighton — Major bust potential. He posted monster college numbers (26.7 points 7 rebounds a game last season). But he lacks the athleticism ideal for a small forward his build (listed at 6-foot-8 but many say 6-5 218 pounds) poses major questions and many call him a liability on defense. He’s often compared to former bust Adam Morrison.

Aaron Gordon forward Arizona — Player without a position. A 6-foot-9 220 pounder that plays an outside game he is neither a true big or an athletic wing player. He has drawn comparisons to NBA draft bust Michael Beasley who has never found a role in the NBA. But at just 12.4 points a game last season Gordon didn’t have Beasley’s production.

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