The Boston Celtics certainly aren’t a team that’s accustomed to being around for the announcement of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery order, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday night. After an abysmal season in the wake of trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as dealing with an injured Rajon Rondo to start the year, the Celtics ended up with the sixth-overall pick in June’s draft.
While having the sixth pick in the draft puts the Celtics essentially out of contention to grab guys like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, Boston should have the chance to grab a potential All-Star talent. Guys like Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon could all very well be available when Boston is making their selection.
There’s no doubt that adding a young piece in this draft could help the Celtics a great deal in their current rebuilding project. It obviously doesn’t hurt a team in the situation that Boston’s in to add a young piece that can be built around. However, the sixth pick in this draft could serve an even greater purpose for the Celtics.
In the wake of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love essentially saying that he wants out and trade rumors swirling, Boston was one of the teams that arose in talks as a potential suitor to land Love. The problem is that the Celtics, a young team on the rebuild, aren’t exactly swimming with assets to send to the Wolves.
However, the sixth pick now gives Boston an incredibly valuable asset to dangle in front of the Timberwolves in a deal that would send Love to the Celtics. After all, this draft has been touted for the last year as laden with All-Star type talent, so the Wolves could almost surely land a high quality player with the sixth pick in addition to having the 13th pick later in the first round.
Boston is really sitting pretty right now in terms of having viable and seemingly quality options before them heading into the draft. If they hold on to their pick, they can add a player that could possibly grow into a star in Celtics green. If they choose to try and deal it, they could possibly wind up with one of the best power forwards in the league. Not a bad place to be if you’re in Beantown right now.