May 17, 2016. Why is this date so important? Its the day of the 2016 NBA draft lottery where our beloved Celtics are looking to start what could be one of the most important and interesting offseason’s in franchise history.
The Celtics, while finishing tied for third in the east, have the third highest chance to receive the leagues first overall pick in next months draft thanks to the wonderful management of the Brooklyn Nets.
If you don’t remember the trade here are the details:
Celtics Receive: Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and unprotected first round picks in 2014 (James Young), 2016, 2018, as well as the right to swap picks in 2017.
Nets Receive: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, DJ White.
Trading arguably my two legends in one trade is never easy. Especially with the bond Boston fans had with KG and the Truth, but looking back at this trade and the Nets have done our rebuild for us. The Nets since the trade had one nice playoff run then pretty much dismantled their team. Which has set us up beautifully.
So why is today’s lottery so important? The implications the different draft spots have. The C’s need a top 2 pick to really make some noise. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are miles better then the next guy (Bender?, Dunn?, Murray?, not Heild). The Celtics don’t want to draft this pick, they want an established player that can help us become contenders but no team is gonna listen if its not top 2. Not for a higher tier player anyway.
We were spoiled with the fireworks in 2007 with the Ray Allen trade and then the KG trade. While I doubt trades of that magnitude will happen, a top 2 pick could at least start conversations for a Jimmy Butler or my pipe dream of Paul George.
If the Celtics do draft top 2, Ingram would for sure be the better fit with his scoring and shooting ability. Simmons is someone for has fallen in some eyes based on his college performance but he’ll be a household name for years to come especially if that jumper gets going. If the Celtics drop between the 3-6 range, I’d prefer to trade down and get a guy like Heild or Labissiere (very high risk). I don’t think Heild is a top 5 guy but he could help the C’s spread the floor wit his shooting ability.
The Celtics also have first rounders at #16 and #23. If both picks are used at least one for sure will be a draft-and-stash, aka drafting a young European player that won’t play in the NBA for a couple more years. A guy Denzel Valentine would be nice if Turner is not brought back. Another interesting name is 7 footer Thon Maker, a high school senior who technically graduated last year but voluntarily played another year of high school (strange), but he was projected as a lottery pick for next season.
May 17, 2016: a day of that will live infamously or a day to remember? Bring it home IT.