For the Boston Celtics, preparation for the 2023 NBA draft continues unabated despite the fact that the team is in the thick of the Eastern Conference semifinals, with word emerging from the Pawtucket Times’ Brendan McGair reporting that the Celtics have worked out NC State big man Isaiah Miranda.
Miranda is an intriguing prospect for Boston to consider as a top-50 consensus college prospect who did not get on the floor with the Wolfpack due to a late arrival to the program contributing to a decision to redshirt the remainder of the 2022-23 NCAA season. The 7-foot-1 combo big is mobile but thin and very raw, so any move by the Celtics for the wiry Rhode Islander would be for an extended stint as a two way player.
But his 3-point jumper looks smooth and replicable at the next level, making Miranda a prospect worth burning a second-rounder on if he is amenable to remaining in the draft with a promise from the team.
The Celtics will have to compete not only with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Utah Jazz,they will also have to beat out UConn, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Rhode Island, Louisville, Georgetown, and Texas with the Pawtucket native keeping a return to college via the transfer portal open.
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