Celtics zero in on upcoming individual workouts

Celtics zero in on upcoming individual workouts
May 27, 2014, 11:15 am
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BOSTON — The NBA draft is a month from now and the Boston Celtics admittedly have a lot of work to do.

That's how it goes when you have multiple picks and multiple needs to address.

Individual workouts are a part of the process, and they take on even greater value considering how little the Celtics got out of the Chicago pre-draft combine earlier this month.

"We got a little (out of Chicago) and every every little bit helps," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "In Chicago, a lot of guys didn't show or do interviews and didn't get medicals. There's still a lot of things we have to do."

A number of those remaining question marks will be addressed in some fashion during the individual workouts in the coming days.

And while the workouts make up just part of the overall process in overall player assessment, there have been times when Ainge was blown away by a player's workout.

"I wouldn't say that on our current roster, but it has happened," Ainge told CSNNE.com.

When Ainge was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, they brought in this scrawny kid from UNLV with a funky-looking release on his shot.

His name was Shawn Marion, a four-time all-star.

"It was pretty special," said Ainge, whose Suns drafted Marion with the No. 9 pick in the 1999 NBA draft.

Among the current Celtics players, Ainge said Rajon Rondo's stood out.

"We already liked him before the workout," Ainge said. "But it solidified what he was in our minds."

Among the players scheduled to work out for the Celtics in the coming days include N.C. State's T.J. Warren, Texas Legends swingman P.J. Hairston, UCLA's Kyle Anderson, UConn's DeAndre Daniels and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.

All are in the running for Boston's second, first-round pick (No. 17 overall) except for Smart who is projected as a top-10 pick.

Also, Haverhill native and former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh told CSNNE.com in Chicago earlier this month that he anticipated working out for the Celtics leading up to the draft. Vonleh along with Smart, is a candidate for Boston's No. 6 overall pick.