Boston Celtics Tanking for Andrew Wiggins?
The Boston Celtics have begun rebuilding the roster from the ground up and have made a number of moves thus far in the offseason to repair a roster that was getting rather long in the tooth.
The team has already moved Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, not to mention former head coach Doc Rivers. The team is looking to get younger and figures to have a troubling 2013-2014 season record-wise. That would be great news for the organization as well as Celtics fans because the 2014 NBA Draft is absolutely loaded. If there was ever a draft to have a top-10 pick, this draft would be it.
The ultimate prize is Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, who most have categorized as the best high school prospect since Lebron James.
The Celtics need top-10 picks in at least the next three drafts. They need to rebuild with young draft picks and have done a great job accumulating picks this summer. Wiggins would be the ultimate prize next year, and the organization needs to figure out a way to get in a strong position to draft him.
That means finishing with at least the fifth-worst record in the league next season. The team would do better finishing even worse in order to gain greater odds of winning the lottery. It is obviously a crapshoot, and the odds of winning are very slim. The Celtics do not figure to compete for a playoff spot next season, however, so it is only in their best interest to finish with as bad of a record as possible.
There is nothing more frustrating than finishing in the middle of the pack in the NBA, and Boston needs to avoid that at all costs next season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18