|Ron Mercer didn't seem all that thrilled to have to continue playing for Rick Pitino|
|The Celtics would have continued to win |
championships in the late 80's and 90's with Bias
The two other times we owned another team's lottery pick were in 1997 when we owned the Mavericks pick due to a very solid trade on M.L. Carr's part as well as well as 2001 when we owned Denver's pick. Ironically the latter pick became our's after we traded the player drafted with the Mavs pick in 1997. That would be Ron Mercer. The Celtics wasted the 2011 pick on Kedrick Brown at #11 after making a very solid choice with their own #10 pick on Joe Johnson. Of course Chris Wallace then proceeded to double down on the Kedrick Brown disaster, by trading Johnson instead of Brown after the Suns requested Brown first in the Rogers/Delk trade.
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While I've been waiting for tonight for a long time with the hope that the Celtics can jump into the top 2 to draft either Simmons or Ingram, no one can really judge how things turned out in this year's draft for the Celtics until the player we drafted plays some games. Maybe we fall back in the draft and have to settle for a Jamal Murray who then blossoms into an all-star guard. Maybe Simmons and/or Ingram end up busts. Sometimes guys get injured (Oden, Roy).
The reality is just as important as where the pick lands is what Ainge does with it. Sometimes trading a lottery pick is the right move (Ray Allen). Other times it's idiotic (Billups, Johnson, or when Ainge traded the #7 pick for Sebastian Telfair). Remember last year when the Knicks feel from #2 to #4 and the Lakers moved up. I don't think the Knicks are complaining about having to "settle" for Porzingis at #4.
So regardless of what happens tonight, no one jump of the Tobin please. And Danny if you are going to trade the pick make sure you're trading a Kedrick Brown and not a Joe Johnson. Also, kindly make sure the player you are acquiring is more Ray Allen and less Sebastian Telfair. Lastly thank you Billy King for being one of the last GM's to not protect traded lottery picks.
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