As the Boston Celtics inch closer and closer to the 2016 NBA Draft, the Ainge & Co. draft strategy is still a mystery to legions of Celtics fans. The first two picks in the draft are all but decided and have been for some time-- LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram are in a very close footrace for the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. This is unfortunate for the Celtics who hold the No. 3 pick as there is no consensus pick after No. 2-- it could be just about anyone who is eligible.
One player who has been fluctuating up and down draft boards is Providence College's backcourt standout Kris Dunn. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on the Vertical Draft Lottery Show (via NBC Sports), Dunn’s representation does not want him to go to any team that already has a backcourt in place-- namely Boston and Phoenix.
Here is the quote:
“They can’t stop them from drafting Dunn, but will those teams do it without his medical records, without a personal workout, without an interview with him? Because I’m told Boston and Phoenix will likely have to do that with Dunn.”
While the last thing Boston seems to need is another guard, this potential circumnavigation of the Celtics draft evaluation process isn’t going to stop Boston if Kris Dunn is in fact on their radar. If they want to take him, they're going to. Danny Ainge always (
Austin Ainge said #Celtics know Providence's Kris Dunn well enough to evaluate him without benefit of workout or medical records.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) June 9, 2016
About reports Dunn could withhold medical info from Cs, Austin Ainge: "I don't know how influential it is. We know Kris Dunn pretty well."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 9, 2016
Draft Night is Thursday June 23rd. As of this posting, the Celtics still have all eight of their picks.
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