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NEW ORLEANS — With nine first-round picks over the next five years, the Celtics will be deeply involved in the draft, probably more than at any period in their history. So new NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s plan to increase the minimum draft age could affect the rebuilding of the Celtics.
In the months before taking over as commissioner, Silver expressed his dissatisfaction with the current rule that allows players one year removed from high school to become draft eligible. It prompted an influx of college freshman entering the draft, referred to as “one and dones,” a term the NBA privately despises.
Silver would like to increase age by a year, meaning most draft prospects would play at least two years in college.