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5 Ways the Boston Celtics Can Use the No. 6 Pick

5 Ways the Boston Celtics Can Use the No. 6 Pick

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The Boston Celtics took a kick in the gut Tuesday night when the ping-pong balls landed them the sixth selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. Luckily this draft has sufficient amount of talent, so Boston didn't get completely hosed. The No. 6 pick still holds a lot of value and gives Danny Ainge plenty of options. Here are five scenarios in which the Celtics can use their pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Draft Noah Vonleh

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1. Draft Noah Vonleh

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Vonleh is somewhat of a sleeper prospect in this year's draft class. He hasn't received much hype over the season, but he has a great deal of talent nonetheless. Although he is raw, his ceiling is extremely high and his game is comparable to Chris Bosh. He can shoot from deep, he's strong in the post and he rebounds very well. Boston already has power forwards piled up and Vonleh is by no means a center. So, it's hard to imagine where he'd fit.

2. Draft Marcus Smart

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2. Draft Marcus Smart

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Smart is a potent, offensive threat with enough talent to start in the NBA next season. He struggles with his jump shot, but he is somewhat comparable to less-athletic Russell Westbrook. In other words, he knows how to put the ball in the hoop. He plays defense, is versatile and is the most competitive player in the draft. Smart can start right away at shooting guard for the Celtics or be Rajon Rondo's successor.

3. Trade Down

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3. Trade Down

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This scenario may be the least popular with Celtics' fans, but is a realistic possibility. Would Ainge actually trade down in order to acquire more future picks and assets? It would certainly slow down the rebuilding process, but could it reap immeasurable benefits in the future? In this scenario, it would be wise to trade Rondo, receive a haul of assets and move on from the All-Star. Do fans have the patience for this? Probably not.

4. Trade Up

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4. Trade Up

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Now depending on what Ainge would give up, this would be a popular scenario among Celtics' fans. Boston could essentially pair the No. 6 pick and the No. 17 pick (or any other future pick) to move up a couple spots in the draft. However, I can only see Boston moving up to the No. 5 or No. 4 spot, and that is definitely not worth it. Getting in the top three would be quite the task. Still, a top-five pick could lead to bigger deal.

5. Trade for Kevin Love

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5. Trade for Kevin Love

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Boston's luck in the lottery only made it more difficult to acquire the star power forward. Now the Celtics would have to give up more assets for Love than they would have to with a top-five or top-three pick. However, it's still a dream that could come true. The question is whether or not it is smart to give up so much for Love? I think it is a risk worth taking, so pull the trigger, "Trader Danny."