Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid will more than likely not be walking through that door, but will Kevin Love? On Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics had a 10.3 percent chance of landing the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but luck was not on their side. The Celtics actually dropped a spot and will be receiving the No. 6 pick. It was a disappointing result, but perhaps it can turn into something positive.
The last time the Celtics lost out in the draft lottery, they were able to turn a No. 5 pick into a trade for Ray Allen. It was a move that eventually persuaded Kevin Garnett to embrace a Celtics jersey and bleed green. It also led to the team’s 17th NBA Championship. Can Danny Ainge strike gold again by turning this pick into another trade involving another unhappy Minnesota Timberwolves player? The Celtics will definitely have some pieces.
Ainge, who was definitely disappointed with last night’s result, expressed that disappointment but will try hard to turn that pick into something special. Ainge said Tuesday night, “It was a little disappointing, we were hopeful for something better. I don’t think anyone’s going to come in and change the face of our franchise out of the gate but I do think there’s some good quality in this draft.”
The Celtics president of basketball operations will have his choice of players like Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh and maybe a player like Australia’s Dante Exum will fall, or maybe Ainge can strike gold again like they did in 2007. According to Ainge, “This isn’t much different than ’07 [when the Celtics picked fifth]. There’s less value in the sixth pick than the one or two or three picks, but we’re still going to make the best choice.”
Another possibility will be obtaining the services of Kevin Love. Although a lower pick dampens their changes, the Celtics may have enough future picks to attract a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. If hey can’t find a way to acquire Love, the Celtics may have to contemplate trading Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics unlucky night was another lucky night for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers won the draft lottery and will have the No. 1 pick for the second year in a row and the third time in the last five years. It was a miracle and perhaps destiny for a team with only a 1.7 percent chance at the top pick. It may have also been destiny for the Celtics depending on what type of value the No. 6 pick can lure in 2014.