Most of the fans of the Boston Celtics — and truth be told, likely most of the organization itself — are focused on the unfolding Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, the latter team taking a 1 game advantage over Boston in second-round postseason play before Boston tied the series in Game 2.
But the Celtics have an upcoming NBA draft to consider as well, meaning at least some of the team’s staff have been dedicating time to scouting and learning more about the prospects that might be available for them to select with their second-round draft pick. Boston controls the No. 53 pick of the coming 2022 NBA draft, and while it is rare to find value so late in the draft, it is not out of the question either,
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The first rumbles of who the Celtics have been working out are starting to percolate through the media, with Celtics Blog’s Keith Smith reporting a foursome of such prospects working out with Boston — let’s take a look at each.
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Celtics fans who are also UConn fans will remember the 6-foot-6 small forward as the guy who ended the Huskies’ run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
A decent scorer who needs to work on his shooting, he’s a little old to expect too much growth out of at 23, but could work his way into a solid rotation option.
Champagnie is a familiar face to the Celtics, the St. John’s swingman having worked out for Boston last year ahead of the 2021 NBA draft before deciding to return for one more year with the Red Storm.
The 21-year-old Brooklyn native has some potential upside as a bigger, rim-protecting wing whose free throw shooting hints at a better 3-point shooter than the 33.7% he shot at the NCAA level this season.
Kiss is a bigger wing at 6-foot-5and 200 pounds, and older too after transferring from Quinnipiac to Rutgers and then Bryant.
He didn’t do so well at a higher level of competition in the Big Ten conference but can put the biscuit in the basket so long as it isn’t from 3.