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Could the Celtics add another Wildcat, or two?

Danny Ainge is known for making big deals on draft night for the Celtics. In 2007, he traded away the #5 overall pick to Seattle for Ray Allen. The year before, they traded for Rajon Rondo on draft night after he was originally drafted by Phoenix. In 2012, the Celtics could have their eyes set on adding another Kentucky Wildcat, and maybe even two of them.

NBAdraft.net currently projects the Celtics to take Doron Lamb with the 21st pick, which would make sense. The Celtics need a 3-pt shooter to replace Ray Allen, who could likely retire at the end of the season. But the Celtics also need to replace Paul Pierce, either this season or in the near future. To find a viable prospect to take his place, a Celtics blog says Boston should trade up to secure Terrence Jones. Jones is currently projected to go 19th to the Magic. With owning both the 21st and 22nd overall picks, however, the Celtics could trade up one of their two pics to draft Jones. With the other pick, they could also draft Doron Lamb.

Here is what Hardwood Houdini, a Celtics blog, had to say about Jones:

Terrence Jones may be a long shot at picks #21, 22 for the Celtics, but landing Terrence Jones would be a big heist for the White and Green. His athleticism dictates that he will at least have some success and he has a great face up game and the length to make it work. He’s good at passing out of double teams and his body is NBA ready. He would begin to train behind Paul Pierce, and then in two or three seasons, take over as the de facto small forward for the team.

Could you imagine a Celtics lineup including Rondo, Jones, and Lamb? It could theoretically happen.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on blogredmachine.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

23 Comments for Could the Celtics add another Wildcat, or two?



  1. Jack
    8:40 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Celtics are already my favorite team! ((((((((((((((((((:



  2. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    8:56 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Ray Allen will be on the Heat next season



  3. I Say
    9:00 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I hope your right fish fillet, I’ve heard those rumors that he wants to go to either the heat or thunder.



  4. Inside Source
    9:05 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    6 Cats in Round 1. You heard it here first. NBA execs are drooling over UK draft prospects. A lot of talk behind the scenes for a number of teams to move up and get one in their city. Also, for 2013, a lot of GMs are already whispering about Mays. They consider themselves lucky if he’s still around for Round 2. #KentuckyEffect



  5. Ac14
    9:09 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    As a lifelong C’s fan, this is the worst news I have ever heard. I remember when the C’s tried to turn into UK north in the late 90’s and how long it took us to dig out of that so called #kentuckyeffect



  6. Duke sucks
    9:15 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I think they would be crazy to pass on lamb at that point of the draft. The kid can score the ball the last time I looked the team with the most points wins.



  7. nba scout
    9:18 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Any uk player that is taken in he 20’s will be taking a pay cut.



  8. Duke sucks
    9:26 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    #7 You might be right but that big trophy sure looks nice. They really earned their pay kicking the shit out of UL and IU in the tournament .



  9. justin
    9:28 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    No idea why anyone would want to train behind paul pierce…. Id rather learn from someone who can actually do something other than shoot open shots.



  10. john feinstein
    9:32 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    It could happen…theoretically. I’m just saying.



  11. Chad
    9:35 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    it wont happen



  12. Mudcreekmark
    9:38 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    5) Rick Pitino evidently thought his UK team could beat NBA teams. He even got Wayne Turner a payday.



  13. John Calipari
    9:56 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I just purchased my own copy of the 2012 GR8NESS DVD for only $19.95, and I strongly recommend that you do the same.



  14. Ben
    10:00 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    If Jones is not available, Miller would make a good pick for Celtics!



  15. Big Blue 66
    10:18 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    i dont think Jones will see 19 actually, and if Im the heat, Doron may be the guy I need instead of getting an aging shooter with bone spurs in his ankles.



  16. Joe Walsh
    10:22 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I like big tits…that’s right!



  17. Hardly Joe
    10:25 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    You show me a Celtics lineup with Rondo-Jones-Lamb and I’ll show you a team watching the playoffs from home.



  18. gr8ness
    10:28 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    @7. Can you prove that UK pays It’s players? If not -STFU. All you trolls need to get a life. Last time I checked, ULoL was on probation most recently. Jealously breeds content.

    I bet you enjoy the cyberpunk role. Your a big man behind the keyboard. You need your ass kicked, and I’m the man to do it.

    I’d love to meet you sometime.



  19. bobo
    10:34 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know what nba gm/scout/or prospect grader has such a hard on for saying every pf that has played at UK for the last ten years is going to play SF in the nba.

    Jones doesn’t have the ball skills necessary to play SF. He’s certainly much better at ball handling than a guy like Patterson, but he doesn’t have the handle or the footspeed with the handle to play that position in the nba.

    Just because a guy has tweener size DOESN’T make him a certain position. Otherwise Hayes would be a SG in the nba. You have to have all aspects of your game attuned to any specific position in the nba to be able to play said spot on the floor. Jones could take his man off the dribble, and draw them out to the perimeter from deep at the four. But he’ll also get blown by his man on D because of his slow lateral foot speed, and won’t be able to shake even mediocre wing defenders on defense with his ball handling as a three.

    He’s a quicker yet shorter version of Rasheed Wallace.

    Jones will play PF in the nba. Period. Just like Patterson, who for some reason everybody wanted to say would be the next Ron Artest. And who has yet to play any time at the SF slot in the nba.

    Really, it isn’t that hard. When guys play positions their whole lives, it doesn’t really make any sense to arbitrarily move them as a fan to a different spot before the draft.



  20. Marcus L. Owens
    9:03 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    19. SF in the NBA is more about who you can defend, offensively small forwards either A. spot up for 3’s from the wing and from the corner off penetration and post ups or B. make one dribble moves from the free throw line and down, Jones can do both. If Jones is predicted to be drafted any where from 10-20 its obvious he wont be a teams 1st option so even if you are correct about him not being a SF it wont necessarily kill a team. Jones can guard most NBA small forwards outside of LBJ or KD but the NBA is about TEAM defense because the players are so skilled. Thaddeus Young is the NBA player that best compares to Jones (6’8, 220lbs) he is a tweener and has excelled and contributed well on a playoff team, he has started and came off the bench, playing a vital role on a young up and coming Philly squad. If the NBA is saying he is a small forward I tend to believe they know what they are talking about.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Terrence-Jones-5708/



  21. ukupay
    9:40 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    The players from UK taken between 15 and 30 will have a much better first 3 years than our guys taken in the first picks. I realize the money will be huge for AD AND MKG, but they will be going to teams that suck, have no one to learn from and coaching will be( Patrick Ewing) not great. Now you see guys like Lamb, Jone AND Miller..they will go to much better teams, have the opportunity to get better and learn the nBA game with no pressure of making the team instantly better.
    Not sure about both Jones and Lamb going to Boston but it surely gives them something to consider. I truly like Miller’s chances of having a long and succesful career in the NBA. He has all the gifts a player needs to be a great piece to a teams needs.

    Let’s see what happens.



  22. :-(
    5:37 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    T. Jones at #19 is Grand Larceny!



  23. TC
    6:46 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    pitino tried it, didn’t work