Boston Celtics Grab Number 1 Overall Pick in NBA Draft: Now What?
By Brandon Simmons
It’s not enough for the Boston Celtics to be number 1 in the Eastern Conference this postseason, but now they have become number one in the draft. The Celtics have won the number one overall pick for this year’s draft all because of a fateful draft that sent former franchise legend Paul Pierce and forward Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. According to ESPN.com, that 2013 trade sent Pierce and Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in exchange for three 2013 first round picks and the option to switch draft picks in this year’s draft. When the Nets became the worst team in the league this year, it increased the Celtics’ chances for a number one spot and is now going to bring on some interesting scenarios for their situation.
Boston already is about to begin their Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the Cavs have pretty much demolished everything in its postseason path this year, very few people are giving the Celtics a shot to win the series or even avoid a sweep. Plus they are already sitting at the top of the conference, which means they have the talent to challenge King James for a few more years.
This draft will not be short of talent either which means that decision of that pick begins to get rough. This year, draft analysts have fawned over UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox, Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Washington guard Markelle Fultz all round out the highly-touted prospects. According to Hoopshype.com, Fultz is projected to go number one overall by the Celtics. While Ball would seem like a smart pick, his father, Lazar, has insisted that he is only going to work out for the Los Angeles Lakers, who are sitting at number 2 overall.
On the professional side of things, there has to be some wonder if the Celtics are going to trade away this pick in order to bring in another playmaker alongside guard Isiah Thomas. Thomas stands at only 5’9 but has carried this team to heights bigger than him. He could still use another scorer by his side that will boost the team to championship heights. But the 2nd part to this equation is finding a team willing to give up a quality player to get someone that can be an extra piece for a championship run in the near future. There are players pout there such as the Indiana Pacers Paul George who is not pleased with his team’s playoff performance and has been rumored to join the Lakers.
Don’t forget those other teams who finished out of the top 3 of the draft order. Don’t be surprised if the New York Knicks try to jump up in trade opportunities since Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony are beefing and the organization would want to steer that ship in the right direction. The Sacramento Kings have two first round picks sitting at number 5 and 10 (from a trade with the New Orleans Hornets). They might want to trade up and get some talent to rid of their losing ways.
Less than 24 hours after winning Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics have added another “w” for the week, their offseason and, if the cards are played right, their future.
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