The Celtics won't be picking from a spot in the lottery for the first time in five years next Thursday night. With the uncertainty of the draft board ahead of them, there will be a broader range of players available at No. 27, but that will not prevent the Celtics from honing in on a number of names.
"I think there are about 10 guys that we've kind of narrowed it down to that we think have a chance to be there," Team director of player personnel Austin Ainge said on Friday. "Like I said, we evaluate the whole draft all the time. But we've kind of tried to laser focus into about 10 at this point."
The Celtics have already worked out 50-60 players at their practice facility in Waltham, names which included Grayson Allen, Billy Preston and Kenrich Williams on Friday. While there does not appear to be much room in the team's rotation for a rookie to make an immediate impact, the looming free agencies for a number of key reserves make Boston's only pick a crucial one.