Friday, June 24, 2016

Two things I wish the Celtics had done differently on draft night

Celtics Draft Night party at the TD Garden.
I'm fine with the Jaylen Brown pick.  He's the guy I'd been hearing the Celtics wanted, so it wasn't a big surprise.  I also don't mind that they couldn't deal No. 3.  Jimmy Butler is still a Bull and the Sixers still haven't dumped any of their big men, so Boston didn't miss out on either of those two options.  I would've liked to see the Celts in play for Serge Ibaka, but considering the Thunder got Victor Oladipo and the son of Arvydas Sabonis (pick 11) from Orlando for him, it would've taken more to get Ibaka than I'd want the C's to part with (Avery Bradley, 16 and 23 maybe?).

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.


  1. The reason the C's didn't do more is because they had the same thoughts you are having which is the result of overvaluing thier players and picks. This team is dangerously close to just being a mid level team who's seasons end in the first and second rounds of the playoffs. Will have to hope (pray) that a star free agent comes to save the day.

    1. I think they had too many picks and there was too much for Ainge to think about, so he wasn't able to fully explore all possible options.

  2. They could've offered 16, 31 and Terry Rozier for Noel... or a similar package for the top 10 or 12 without sacrificing potential growth of shooters like Hunter or Young.


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