A closer look at the 48th overall pick

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A closer look at the 48th overall pick

If the Patriots can do as well with the 48th pick in 2012 as they did in 2001, they'll be more than satisfied.

Back in 2001, the Patriots traded up to 48 to jump ahead of the New York Jets to grab Matt Light who locked down the left tackle spot for the last 11 seasons. Strong murmurs of Light's retirement this offseason remain but that's been a pick that's served them very well.

Here's a look at the other players selected at No. 48 since April 2000.

2000
Jason Webster, CB, Texas A&M (49ers)
Had an eight-year career that started in San Fran and ended in New England. Was a starter for the Niners until 2002 before going to Atlanta. His final three seasons, he played in just 12 games including three for the Patriots in 2008.

2001
Matt Light, LT, Purdue (Patriots)
A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro for the Patriots. He's been the best left tackle in franchise history.

2002
Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida (Chargers)
Never really did much for the Chargers catching just 76 balls in four seasons in San Diego. In his one year with the Patriots (2006), he became the Patriots go-to wideout with 61 catches and four touchdowns but his case of the drops in the AFC Championship game against the Colts is a lasting image. He played just one more season in the league after that with 15 catches for the Redskins in 2007.

2003
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska (Bills)
Has had a very nice nine-year career with the Bills, only playing fewer than 16 games twice (14 in 2007, 12 in 2011). Had five sacks for the Bills last year at the age of 32. Has 30.5 career sacks.

2004
Dontarrious Thomas, OLB, Auburn (Vikings)
Made 10 starts and had 1.5 sacks in a disappointing five-year career with the Vikings.

2005
Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia (Bengals)
Played one year with the Bengals and actually was pretty good. Then a litany of alcohol problems, missed drug tests and assault arrests got him suspended. Was suspended indefinitely by the league after the 2008 season.

2006
Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas (Vikings)
Spent six seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Redskins this past offseason. Started 63 of 76 games since 2007. Solid tackler who has just eight career picks.

2007
Justin Durant, LB, Hampton (Jaguars)
Played his first four seasons with the Jags and was a decent linebacker there. Signed with the Lions in 2011 where he made 59 tackles in 13 games.

2008
Fred Davis, TE, USC (Redskins)
Pass-catching tight end out of USC who was franchised this offseason after being suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after repeatedly failing drug tests. Had 59 catches for the Skins in 12 games last year.

2009
Darcel McBath, DB, Texas Tech (Broncos)
Played in 13 games as a rookie and seven as a second-year player. Was released by Denver last September and played one game with Jacksonville in 2011. Has one career start and 28 tackles.

2010
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (Panthers)
Started 10 games in his rookie season with the Panthers, going 1-9 with three TDs and nine picks. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton last year and Clausen got into two games without throwing a pass. The one-time Notre Dame phenom has an upward climb to stay in the league.

2011
Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State (Raiders)
Started all 16 games last year for the Raiders and looks to be a promising pro..

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

After Boston’s last game against Portland – a loss – Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he was encouraged by some of the things his team did defensively.

It’s safe to say Stevens won’t be singing that tone if the Celtics continue along the path they’re on defensively right now as the Washington Wizards went into the half with a 66-59 lead.

Washington, donning all-black clothes when they arrived at the Verizon Center, were very much looking as though they were digging a basketball grave for the Boston Celtics who allowed the Wizards to shoot a ridiculous 65 percent from the field in the first half and 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from 3-point range.

The Wizards scored the first four points of the game and spent all of the first half playing with a lead.

But the Celtics showed some fight late in the second quarter, going on a 14-6 run to cut Washington’s lead to 55-52 with 3:39 to play in the quarter.

Boston would later have a chance to tie the game, but Marcus Smart’s 3-pointer was off the mark.

And the Wizards, as they had done all game, made the Celtics pay as Bradley Beal drained a jumper that made it a two-possession game.

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.

 

STARS

Bradley Beal

It was his idea to go with the all-Black look, and he backed up his talk with a strong first half of play. He has a team-high 14 points at the half along with five assists.

Isaiah Thomas

Thomas delivered yet another all-star caliber scoring performance in the first half for Boston. He led all scorers with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting along with a game-high eight assists.  

John Wall

After scoring just nine points when these two met on Jan. 11, Wall has 13 points at the half on 6-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and three assists.

 

STUDS

Al Horford

It was an extremely efficient game offensively in the first half for Horford. He had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three assists.

Markieff Morris

He’s one of four double-digit scorers in the first half for the Wizards. In addition to his 10 points, he also has five rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

Celtics defense

At this end of the floor, the Celtics were absolutely atrocious in the first half. The Wizards shot a ridiculously high 65 percent from the field, and were just as lethal (8-for-13, 61.5 percent) from 3-point land. They have no shot at competing let alone winning tonight’s game, if they don’t turn things around and do so soon!

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Just about every part of Isaiah Thomas’ game offensively has seen tremendous growth this season.

But what has really separated him from earlier versions of himself, has been his 3-point shooting.

He comes into tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards shooting a career best 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

When asked about how he has elevated his game this season, the answer isn’t that simple.

“I don’t know” he told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “The game is slowing down for me. My teammates put me in position, my coach does … and I’m just knocking down shots.”

Because of his shot-making, Thomas has made it difficult for defenses to give him a steady diet of any style of play in trying to limit him.

And because they have to change things up with regularity, that has created more scoring opportunities.

“Sometimes they forget what they want to do (defensively) and leave me open for a three,” Thomas said. “Those are the the types of shots I need to knock down and I’m being aggressive.

He added, “I need to get to the free throw line, trying to make plays for my teammates. It’s one of those things where I’m in a really good zone now; a really good rhythm.”

A good rhythm?

According to NBA statistics guru Dick Lipe, Thomas is the first Celtic ever to make at least four 3-pointers in five straight games. Taking it a step further, he has made at least three 3-pointers in seven straight games which equaled Antoine Walker’s streak in 2001.

Thomas has also attempted 11 three-pointers in five straight games which is a franchise record. There have only been three longer streaks in NBA history - Golden State’s Stephen Curry (7 straight games, 2016); Washington’s Gilbert Arenas (7 straight games, 2005) and Dallas’ George McCloud (6 straight games, 2006).

He’s also averaging 3.1 made 3’s per game which would be a franchise record that’s currently held by Antoine Walker who averaged 2.7 during the 2001-2002 season.

And all those 3’s have added up to Thomas scoring at least 27 points in seven straight games, something that hasn’t been done by a Celtic since Larry Bird had eight such games in March 1988 as well as the 1987-1988 season.