The Boston Celtics are back in the lottery for the first time in 7 years. In 2007 the Celtics had the 5th pick in the draft after a horrible season and a disappointing lottery outcome. Greg Oden and Kevin Durant were the prizes at the top of that lottery. The Celtics used that 5th pick to draft Jeff Green then traded him for Ray Allen.
The rest is history.
Before the season started the Celtics seemed destined for a top draft pick. They were missing their best player, they had a new coach, and a dearth of talent. What they did have was some spunk. Jared Sullinger wanted to bury Ubuntu and resurrect "Celtic Pride." The team played hard throughout the season, even at times when it seemed like they should pack it in a worry about getting into the top three of the draft.
Once the season started, the Celtics found themselves at the top of an Atlantic Division rife with dysfunction. The Brooklyn Nets started slowly, so did the New York Knicks. The Celtics were below .500 but on top of the Atlantic Division after 25 games.
Over the winter the Celtics hit some long stretches of bad basketball and lost many close games. All of that got the Celtics into the lottery, right where everyone thought they would be when the season started in October.
This should be a bright spot for the Celtics. They are in the upper section of the lottery, they have a chance at moving up if the ping pong balls fall their way, and they are blessed with a plethora of picks over the next few years.
This is a bright spot, especially considering who is in charge of the picks. Danny Ainge has a pretty good track record of drafting, Brad Stevens has proven he can motivate both young and veteran players, so even if Ainge deals the pick for some talented veteran, it seems like Stevens can handle it.
It was disappointing the Celtics lost the coin toss with the Utah Jazz for the 4th pick (of course, the one thing we would have wanted them to win, and they didn't). That coin toss only gives the jazz one extra ping pong ball combination, so it isn't that big of a deal.
Considering the fact that it looked like the Celtics might end up in the 10-13 section of the draft after the first quarter of the season, it's good to know they have a likely top five pick along with another first rounder from Brooklyn via the Atlanta Hawks.Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Atlantic Division, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Joel Embiid, NBA, new york knicks, Ray Allen, ubuntu, Utah Jazz