Just two days ago the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals in a game 7 victory over the Washington Wizards. A day later, they secured the number one overall pick in this years NBA draft lottery.
Circumstances like this do not come around too often. Seeing a team who is in the Eastern Conference finals get the first overall pick in the draft if simply unheard of.
The Celtics acquired this pick from the Brooklyn Nets when they traded away what was formerly known as the Boston big three in Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets while Allen would later join forces with the Miami Heat.
The Celtics received a surplus of future assets from this trade and one of them was Brooklyn’s unprotected pick in this years draft. It just happened that this year was one of the worst years in franchise history for Brooklyn and they ended up with the highest odds to take home the number one pick. The pick however, belonged to Boston.
The second pick fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. The third pick went to the Philadelphia 76ers who had the option to swap picks with the Sacramento Kings which is exactly what they did.
With this number one pick landing in the Celtics hands, the question has arose: Who are they going to take?
The position they are in most need of is a power forward or center. They have a very talented front court in Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley but lack a solid post presence. Granted, they do have Al Horford. He only has limited time in his NBA career left, however.
The pick comes down to two names: Markell Fultz and Alonzo Ball. Both are very similar players in that they both have a tremendous upside. Fultz is more of a Russell Westbrook type player where he just wants his teammates to give him the ball and let him work. Ball, on the other hand, can pretty much do it all. While Fultz is the better shooter, Ball is the better passer, defender and rebounder. This situation is a win-win for the Celtics because whoever they do take is projected to be a star.
The Celtics will square off tonight against the Cavaliers in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals at 8:30 on TNT.