By Ben Stein
Being a Nets fan, I am not one to like the Celtics, AT ALL. However, it must be said that they do have virtually all the advantages to be set up for future greatness.
The Boston Celtics hold the number one pick in the draft and not because they are a bad team. They hold this pick because of a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets on July 12, 2013. This trade sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and DJ White to the Nets, in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and Keith Bogans, with the Nets first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, as well as the option to swap first rounders in 2017. Now, this trade would not be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the fact that all the players the Nets received were in their mid 30s and out of their primes.
This year Boston boasted the best record in the Eastern Conference at 53-29 and has made it to the Eastern Conference Finals On Tuesday, it was announced that they owned the first pick in the 2017 draft which will most likely be Markelle Fultz. Fultz played for the Washington Huskies this past year and averaged, as a Freshman, 23.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and 5.9 apg . These are outstanding stats to say the least.
Furthermore, the Celtics were the best team in the east, so they already have some elite players. Isaiah Thomas scored roughly 29 ppg this year and six rpg. Avery Bradley, another top shelf player, scored roughly 16 ppg and six rpg. Al Horford scored 14 a game with seven rebounds and five assists).
It is likely that the Celtics will also receive a very early first round pick in 2018 considering the Nets were the worst team in the league this past year at 20-62. The Nets also do not have any real scorers outside of Brook Lopez, neither do they have many playmakers outside of Jeremy Lin who was hurt for roughly half of the season.
If all the cards line up the way they probably will, this team will make it to the Eastern Conference Finals a lot. Although, beating LeBron…. that might be a tough task.