Thursday, June 23, 2016

My ideal Celtics draft night scenario: Trade up, down, and back (seriously)

There are six guys in play for the Celtics at No. 3 tonight.  I have no idea how to choose one over any of the others, so I'd rather other teams make the call and have Boston sweep up who's left.  Here's my dream scenario for this evening:

1. Trade down from No. 3 to No. 6, 7 or 8.  Maybe they could get somebody like Tyreke Evans from New Orleans, Kenneth Faried from Denver or Willie Cauley-Stein from Sacramento in the process (I'm probably dreaming here, but I'm sure the C's can get something).

2. Also trade up, and grab a second pick in the 6-8 range so they have either 6 and 7 or 6 and 8.  Ideally offering 16, 23 and 35 might get this done, if not they could add 31, 45, or both.  Kris Dunn is going to be in the top 5, so with the 6th pick Boston is guaranteed to get one of the three forwards with huge upside--Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss or Dragan Bender.  Then at 7 or 8 the Celtics can take another of those three, or one of the two guards they like, Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield (dealing for 7 and 8 most likely accomplishes this too, but it runs the risk of getting stuck with two guards, the only scenario that's not ideal).

3. Make a selection at 31 if they have it, then move 45 (also if it's still in their possession), 51 and 58 for future picks in later drafts.

This nets Boston two of the guys with star-potential who they are considering at No. 3, hopefully a quality player, a second-round flier, and more options and draft flexibility in years to come.


  1. Love this scenario, I completely agree. Keep up the good writing Mark.

    1. Hey man, great to hear from you! And thanks for the kind words! Well, they blew their chance for part 2 of my plan and let Phoenix do it instead, and then they did a crappy job with part 3. Not great. Hey, how'd you come across this post anyways?

  2. Pick a guy like Jacob Poeltl since we need a rim protector


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