The Celtics vs. Lakers game tonight features quite the anomaly. The two most storied franchises in basketball on a warp speed collision course to both pick in the lottery.
According to ESPN Stats and Info the last time these two proud organizations both had top ten picks in the NBA Draft was 1994:
The Lakers and Celtics are both on pace to pick in the lottery this year. The last time both picked in the top 10? 1994.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 17, 2014
I was not a fan of the Celtic pick largely because I was a huge Fab Five fan so was not all that fond of Montross whose Tar Heels beat the Wolverines in the 1993 NCAA championship game.
It turned out to be a very poor pick as the Celts selected Montross over the likes of the aforementioned Jones, Jalen Rose, and Aaron McKie.
Although, Montross had a solid rookie season for the Celtics averaging 10 and seven boards it was all downhill after that.
Montross' career numbers in the NBA are a less than impressive 4.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg while playing with six different teams in 11 seasons.
The Lakers had much better luck in the draft that year with their selection.
Eddie Jones spent his first five seasons with the Lakers and made two all star appearances in 1996–97 and 1997–98.
He also served as an invaluable mentor to Kobe Bryant for three seasons before being traded to Charlotte as both had ties to Philadelphia with Jones having attended Temple University and Bryant having attended Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia.
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