3. Boston Celtics
Tonight’s lottery was the latest reminder of general manager Danny Ainge absolutely fleecing the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.
Thanks to a trade that sent a trio of past-their-prime players in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics received Brooklyn’s 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, and own the rights to swap first-round picks next year. And with the Nets now one of the worst franchises in all of basketball, it appears to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Brooklyn had the third-worst record in the NBA, so Boston has to be relatively pleased with now holding the No. 3 pick. While they would’ve liked to have jumped into the top-2 to select Simmons or Ingram, Boston has a tremendous opportunity to add an extremely talented player.
As one of only two teams who competed in the postseason while simultaneously holding a lottery pick (Toronto Raptors), the Celtics have every reason to be excited about their future.