Harry Giles? Josh Jackson? Trade for an established star? The possibilities for Danny Ainge increase with every Brooklyn Nets loss, and it seems like there are going to be a lot of those this season.
With loss to Warriors, Brooklyn (7-21) now tied with Philadelphia for the worst record in basketball. #Netspick— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) December 23, 2016
Much to the dismay of the Celtics, the Nets actually started off the season pretty well. First-year head coach Kenny Atkinson had the team playing better than the competition at the bottom of the standings. They began 4-5, edging out other lottery competition teams like Minnesota and Phoenix in their early match-ups.
Now, with the Nets losing 16 of their last 19 games, C's fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Brooklyn is still pretty bad.
Point guard Jeremy Lin has missed 18 games up until this point, it will be worth keeping tabs on his availability as the year moves forward. Lin could potentially be a game-changer for the Nets season, being that the bar has been set so low without him.
Another key player to focus in on is Brook Lopez and his development as a stretch-five. He has already expanded his range from beyond the three-point line, shooting over 35% on the season. At this point, Lopez's value on the trade market is higher than it ever will be. If Brooklyn is serious about getting themselves future draft picks to work with, trading their center would be a no-brainer.
Though it may be a bit unrealistic to believe that the Nets will only win one more game this year, it should still a lock for the Celtics to have at least a top-5 pick for this upcoming draft. Also, let's not forget that the 2017 draft is loaded with talent. Currently, there are about 7 or 8 different prospects that could land within the first three picks. Meaning that Ainge will have a lot of different options to choose from if the ping pong balls bounce in the favor of the Celtics.
The most coveted asset that Boston possess is only becoming more and more valuable as the season moves forward. If it were to end up resulting in a number one overall draft pick, teams around the league may start calling for a potentially huge deal. Let the rumors begin (or should I just say continue).
Spencer Tawes 12/23/2016 08:00:00 AM Tweet Edit