It's hard to believe that Danny Ainge will keep all 8 (yes, 8) picks in this years draft. In fact, it's almost a complete certainty that we will not end up with 8 rookies heading into the summer league. But that will not stop Ainge from looking at any and all possibilities at every single one of those draft spots.
Ainge: "Our draft workouts will be much busier this year than ever before. ... I don't have a number. A lot." https://t.co/15ruBJMHA9— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 4, 2016
Ainge on all of the Celtics' draft picks: "That's eight swings, eight swings of the bat. I've got eight mulligans."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 4, 2016
The pre-draft workouts kicked off last week with the Celtics bringing in a slew of fringe second-rounders headlined by Florida senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Finney-Smith was joined by Northeastern senior swingman Quincy Ford, Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt, Miami (FL) guard Sheldon McClellan, Virginia senior forward Mike Tobey and Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney. Warney is the highest ranked prospect out of the six according to ESPN, which has him ranked as the 17th best power forward and 67th best overall prospect.
Warney and Finney-Smith are both interesting prospects who definitely have a chance to sneak into the second round if they can impress during their workouts. Warney is a bit undersized at 6'8" but his lower half is strong enough to make him an effective rebounder and finisher around the rim. Smith is a long, 6'8" small forward who greatly improved his perimeter game throughout his 4 years with the Gators.
There will definitely be more intriguing prospects to come as we get closer to the draft but I like Ainge's strategy of working out as many guys as possible. Value late in the draft is so tough to come by so anything that might help our staff find a steal with any of these second rounders is just gravy.
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