|Celtics Draft Night party at the TD Garden.|
However, there are two things I really think Danny Ainge could've made happen differently:
1. The Celtics should've trumped the Suns bid for No. 8 (Marquese Chriss). I very much wanted Boston to get a second pick in the top eight, and Phoenix was able to do it by giving Sacramento 13, 28, a future second-rounder and Bogdan Bogdanovic. The C's could've offered 16, 23, 31 and James Young. It that wasn't enough they could've added any of the following: 35, 45, 58 and RJ Hunter--clearly at some point that's a much better haul for the Kings.
2. Like I expected, the Celtics dealt a pair of second-rounders for a future pick, unfortunately they got hosed. Boston gave up 31 and 35 to Memphis for the Clippers' first-rounder three years from now (2019)--but only if it's outside the top 14, in which case it rolls over to 2020, where it's again lottery protected. If L.A. fails to make the playoffs in both of those seasons, all the C's get is the Clippers' second-round choice in 2022. This year's 31 and 35 should've been worth a first-rounder next year, not a best-case scenario of No. 15 in 2019.