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2011 NBA Draft: What Kind of Talent Can the Boston Celtics Expect with Pick #25?

J.B. BirdContributor IIIMay 23, 2011

2011 NBA Draft: What Kind of Talent Can the Boston Celtics Expect with Pick #25?

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    BOSTON - JUNE 17:  A Boston Celtics flag is on the court after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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    The Boston Celtics' were ousted from the NBA Playoffs earlier than expected and it seems likely that Danny Ainge's rebuilding project will be started earlier than expected as well.

    The Celtics now begin the transition from the 'Big 3' era to the next generation of Celtics leadership.

    And where better to start that the 2011 NBA Draft?

    Although picking relatively late in the first round this year, the Celtics #25 pick still holds some hope for adding a player who can make a meaningful contribution in the future.

    An analysis of previous #25 picks over the last ten years reveals a surprising number of solid players, many of whom blossomed into legitimate assets for their team.

    While it is unlikely the Celtics will be adding a future all star this year, the past history of the #25 pick indicates that Boston fans could be in for a positive surprise.

Dominique Jones (2010)

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 09:  Dominique Jones #20 of the University of South Florida shoots a free throw against DePaul University during the first round game of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2010 in New York City.  (Phot
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    Last year's #25 pick gives Celtics fans little reason for hope.

    The Memphis Grizzlies' pick, Dominique Jones, had his rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks for cash considerations.

    By November of last year the Mavericks had assigned Jones to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

    Injuries to Caron Butler at the start of this year allowed space for Jones to return to the team. However, his contribution of a measly 2.3 points per game over an eighteen game stretch was hardly overwhelming.

Rodrigue Beaubois (2009)

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    The 25th overall pick in 2009 was an instant rookie sensation.

    After Oklahoma City traded his rights to the Dallas Mavericks, Beaubois gave them quick reason to regret the move.

    Beaubois, hailing from France, announced his arrival to the NBA with an impressive 40 point game (including a rookie record 9 of 11 three-pointers) in March 2010. 

    However, he broke his foot during the off season and missed the majority of the 2010-11 season.

    Despite this, his return to the starting lineup late in the season suggests that he has returned to peak form.

Nicolas Batum (2008)

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    Another pleasant surprise at #25, Portland's Nicolas Batum has now secured a spot in the Blazers' rotation.

    After missing the first half of the 2009-10 season with torn cartilage in his right shoulder, the Frenchman has bounced back to being a solid contributor on a playoff team.

Morris Almond (2007)

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    Another underachiever, Morris Almond has seen time with two NBA teams - the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic—as well as a host of NBDL teams.

    Almond failed to impress in either league, and now plies his trade in Italy.


Shannon Brown (2006)

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    After originally being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and spending some time in the NBDL, Brown has now found a home with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The high flying guard is a fan favourite owing to his incredible vertical leap and athleticism.

    After a somewhat disappointing start in the league, Brown is now a quality sub off the bench with two championship rings to his name.

Johan Petro (2005)

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    DENVER - MAY 03:  Johan Petro #27 of the Denver Nuggets drives against the defense of Brandon Bass #32 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado
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    Another French player picked at #25, Johan Petro has carved out a solid, yet unremarkable career for himself.

    Drafted by the Seattle Supersonics, Petro has fallen into a journeyman role. His contributions are generally modest, but he seems to have found a way to stick around.

Tony Allen (2004)

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23: Tony Allen #9 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates after he made a three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics  on March 23, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Bosto
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    The first Boston Celtic on the list, Tony Allen is known to almost every Celtics fan.

    An defensive force off the bench, Allen was crucial in the Celtics achieving their 17th NBA title in 2008.

    Of course, Allen has most recently been an integral part of the Memphis Grizzlies' Cinderella run to the third round of this year's NBA Playoffs.

Carlos Delfino (2003)

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    Although restricted to a minimal role by the team that drafted him, the Detroit Pistons, Delfino has developed into a genuine contributor with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The Argentinian sharp shooter is currently averaging double figures in points as a role-player coming off the bench.

Nenad Krstic (2002)

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Nenad Krstic #4 of the Boston Celtics heads for the net as Ekpe Udoh #20 of the Golden State Warriors defends on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b
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    Another Boston Celtics connection, Krstic is a familiar face to Celtics fans.

    Originally drafted by the New Jersey Nets, Krstic became a starter by default at various times for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Although often perceived as soft, Krstic has put in some good minutes for the Celtics this season.

Raul Lopez (2001)

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    After being drafted by the Utah Jazz, Lopez's career was plagued by injuries to his right knee.

    Subsequently drafted and then cut, Lopez is no longer in the league.

Best of the Rest

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    21 Nov 1992:  Guard Mark Price of the Cleveland Cavaliers moves the ball during a game. Mandatory Credit: Layne Murdoch  /Allsport
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    Of previous NBA Drafts, the clear stand out is Mark Price.

    Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1986, Price went on to star with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Price was named an All-Star four times, including one All-star first team in 1993.

    Price is probably the best case scenario for the Celtics' #25 pick.

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