Written By: Conner Pack
– Trading the Number 1 Pick?
After what for the most part was a very boring NBA season, the offseason has been quite the opposite. One of the biggest headlines so far has came out of Boston, with the Celtics deciding to trade the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. Some would say it’s shocking, I know I was. But in exchange the Celtics received the third pick in this years draft as well as a future first round pick, which I liked.
Since Brad Stevens has been the head coach, the Celtics have taken major strides and have gotten better each year. The rebuilding process has been quicker than expected, in large part because of the moves general manager Danny Ainge has made. The trade he made over the weekend is a prime example. Over the last couple years the Celtics have accumulated a lot of draft picks, several of which have been first round lottery picks.
By trading away the number one pick, the Celtics have decided to stick with Isaiah Thomas as their leader. I say that because, if the Celtics would’ve kept the first pick I’m 99.9% sure they would’ve drafted Markelle Fultz. I liked Fultz and felt like he would’ve been great for the team, but then there would’ve been a controversy or some disfunction with Isaiah Thomas and his future.
– Why I Like the Trade
This trade long term is very beneficial for the Celtics. One, it gives them a solid draft pick to barter/trade, which I hope they do.
Two, if you keep the pick you’ll still be able to draft a really good player. More than likely Fultz will go one and Ball will go two. So that leaves you with Tatum or Jackson, either one I think would fit in good with the Celtics.
Three, they’ll more than likely have another lottery pick next year. So overall, the Celtics are in a great position moving forward.
The last reason why I like the trade is, the Celtics didn’t really need another young guard. Would Fultz help? No doubt he would. But the Celtics have a solid four guard rotation with Thomas, Bradley, Smart, and Rozier. Throughout the playoffs all four of those guys really stepped up, understood their role, and made impacts. Especially second year player Terry Rozier.
– Final Thoughts
Come Thursday we’ll have a better idea of which direction the Celtics are trying to go. Do they want to win a championship now? Or are they planning on being the team to beat two to three years down the road? Last season, the Celtics finished first in the eastern conference and made it to the eastern conference finals. But we all knew the Celtics weren’t the best team in the east, that they’re still a player, maybe two players away.
Finally, the Celtics are in a great position with some great young talent and one of the best coaches in the NBA.
– Scenarios (Moves I would Like to See)
I think, if the Celtics can make a play and trade the third pick to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler. That would show they’re trying to win now and contend for a championship. Because, it seems as though the Celtics are the front runners to sign Gordon Hayward. By adding those two guys that would elevate this Celtics team to another level.
However though, the Celtics still lack a big man presence down low. You can say what you want about Al Horford, but he doesn’t give you that presence inside. So maybe they try and target a big man either through free agency or trade the third pick for big man instead of Butler.