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NBA Draft 2012: Celtics Readying For Future As Draft Day Arrives

Draft day is finally here, and Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics will be hard at work trying to set themselves up for future success in the 2012 NBA Draft, which begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (TV: ESPN).

Boston enters the night with three draft picks and two in the first round. The Celtics own the Nos. 21 and 22 overall picks as well as the No. 51 overall pick (No. 21 in the second round).

Last year, the Celtics had two draft picks, one in the first and another in the second. Boston drafted MarShon Brooks out of Providence College at No. 25 overall, but traded him to the New Jersey Nets for Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson, who was drafted by Nets at No. 27. Boston then proceeded to draft Johnson's teammate, E'Twaun Moore, at No. 55.

By virtue of winning the NBA Draft lottery, the New Orleans Hornets -- who were recently sold by the NBA to Tom Benson -- own the first overall pick in the draft, and they will use it to draft center Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats. Davis is universally considered the best prospect in this year's draft, which has been called the deepest draft in years.

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