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Kispert, Barnes highlight list of draft prospects who met with C's

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The Boston Celtics currently don't have a first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but that could change -- which is why they did their due diligence in Chicago this week.

The seven-day NBA Draft Combine wrapped up Sunday in Chicago, where the nation's top prospects have been working out for and interviewing with teams to prepare for the NBA Draft on July 29.

The Celtics currently own one second-round pick (No. 45 overall) after trading their No. 16 overall selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Kemba Walker-Al Horford trade. So, unless they trade back into the first round, they probably won't have a shot at the nation's elite prospects.

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Still, Boston checked in with a potential top-14 selection in Gonzaga sharpshooter Corey Kispert, who said he interviewed with the Celtics at the Combine, per Forbes' Chris Grenham.

The 6-foot-7, 220 pound forward shot 52.9% from the floor and 44% from 3-point range for the Zags last season and is considered one of the best shooters in the draft. We had him going 15th to the Washington Wizards in our most recent mock draft, and he'll almost certainly be off the board in the first round.

 

The Celtics also interviewed a pair of surefire first-rounders in Florida State forward Scottie Barnes and Texas forward Kai Jones, per Grenham, while Auburn guard and potential late first-round pick Sharife Cooper apparently had a good workout with Boston.

Here's a rundown of the players who interviewed or worked out with the Celtics during NBA Draft Combine week, according to Grenham. We've included their place in our most recent NBA Mock Draft (first-round only) if applicable.

Player Pick in Mock Draft
Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State No. 8
Kai Jones, F, Texas No. 11
Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga No. 15
Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn No. 23
Daishen Nix, G, G-League Ignite
Bones Hyland, G, VCU
Kofi Cockburn, C, Illinois
Matthew Hurt, F, Duke
Yves Pons, G, Tennessee
Sam Hauser, F, Virginia
Joe Wieskamp, G, Iowa
Trey Murphy III, G, Virginia
Jordan Hall, F, Texas A&M
Miles McBride, G, West Virginia
Balsa Koprivica, C, Florida State

It's common for teams to work out or interview 10 to 20 players at the Combine, and the Celtics might not draft any of these prospects. But it's good to know who's on Boston's radar in case they make another move for additional draft capital in the next month.