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Ahead of the NBA Draft 2014, the Boston Celtics are rumored to have a few talented players in their sights. The Celtics have two first round picks for the draft on June 26th, and Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is said to be looking at a wide range of prospects, with the NBA latest news sources reporting Anderson, Daniels and Vonleh as potential picks.

Kyle Anderson

The University of California Los Angeles Bruins college basketball player stands at 6'9", making him a desirable pick for the Celtics based on stature alone. The point guard has averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists during his time as a sophomore for UCLA, and claims he has a “little Boris Diaw” in his game. While the impressive forward plays best with the ball in his hands, his speed may let him down in the NBA – nicknamed ‘Slo-Mo’ amongst friends, Anderson would be well advised to consider changing position if he is to succeed at a professional level.

DeAndre Daniels

Another member of the 6'9" club, Daniels decided to approach the NBA after an outstanding finish during his junior year playing for the Connecticut Huskies. The indecisive forward first committed to the University of Texas before changing his mind and heading to the University of Connecticut, so the Celtics need to make sure they have 100% commitment from the 22-year-old. Daniels helped the Huskies immensely during their title run, scoring 27 points against Iowa State. Despite his talent however, he only scored a total of 22 points in his four-game stretch starting in February, scoring single digits 11 times in the first 28 games. UConn had the last laugh however and went on to win the title, making Daniels a potential NBA candidate. But with the Houston Rockets also showing an interest, the Celtics would be best to keep an eye on young Daniels.

Noah Vonleh

The youngest of the hottest picks, aged just 18, Noah Vonleh has been climbing the draft boards. He says he has been able to palm a basketball since he was “six or seven years old” and reportedly gained 30lb during his final year of high school.

Physical attributes aside however, Vonleh is expected to go in the first half of the lottery, largely thanks to his 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game average during his time at Indiana University. He was honored as the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and named to both the All-Big Ten Third team and All-Big Ten Freshman team, and with a little development, should expect to earn a few more accolades if he is drafted for the Celtics.

teamboston 5/29/2014 06:40:00 PM Edit
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