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I’ve spent a ridiculously stupid amount of time debating whether it’s better to be lucky or good. So much weed. So much time. Wasted. I never go to Roscoe’s and debate the merits of chicken or waffles! It’s both! Always both! The Celtics reiterated that simple concept last night at the NBA Draft Lottery, where the balls bounced up-and-down, side-to-side, and all-around to give them the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Is that going to be Markelle Fultz? Did you know that Fultz’s wingspan is longer that Josh Jackson’s? Crazy. Anyways, must be nice Celtics fans. Must be nice…As a Lakers fan, it pained me to put that logo up top, but I give props when props are due.

Speaking of the Lakers, they truly lucked out by getting the second pick. We all know about the possibility of losing the pick if they fell out of the top three. Who knew that a trade made back in 2012 would have a potential crippling effect on a franchise? This is another lesson to NOT mortgage the future, which is exactly what the Celtics did this year. Geez, I have to give more props to the Celtics. Can I move to a parallel universe, please? On a side tangent, if the Lakers acquired Chris Paul, like how it was originally set up, (THANKS STERN!) instead of Steve Nash then we may not be even be talking about this. So is it BBB time in LA?

For the 76ers, imagine if they got two of the top three picks! That didn’t happen, but the No. 3 pick is still a beautiful haul…

I think this is the perfect spot for the Sixers, actually. Assuming that Ben Simmons is healthy, you’d want him to be the primary playmaker and facilitor right? If you bring in Fultz or Ball, that would relegate Simmons to a spot-up 3? Not feeling that.

Anyways, I just wanted touch on the lottery a bit. Craig Bozic will be pumping out some more in-depth content on the Draft and prospects, so keep an eye out for those.

Here’s the order for the upcoming draft, if you haven’t seen it already:

  1. Celtics (via Nets)
  2. Lakers
  3. Sixers (via Kings)
  4. Suns
  5. Kings (via Sixers)
  6. Magic
  7. Timberwolves
  8. Knicks
  9. Mavericks
  10. Kings (via Pelicans)
  11. Hornets
  12. Pistons
  13. Nuggets
  14. Heat
  15. Trail Blazers
  16. Bulls
  17. Bucks
  18. Pacers
  19. Hawks
  20. Trail Blazers (via Grizzles/Nuggets/Cavs)
  21. Thunder
  22. Nets (via Wizards)
  23. Raptors (via Clippers/Bucks)
  24. Jazz
  25. Magic (via Raptors)
  26. Trail Blazers (via Cavs)
  27. Nets (via Celtics)
  28. Lakers (via Rockets)
  29. Spurs
  30. Jazz (via Warriors)

  1. Kostas says:

    I think it’s time for Ainge to pull the trigger with all the assets he has gathered and make a big trade.Assuming the Celtics take Fultz they have IT,Bradley,Smart,Rozier and the rookie…That’s a crowded backcourt with 3 up and coming guys(the last 3) who need floor time to develop…Don;t see how it can work without a trade…

    • Son

      Son says:

      @Kostas: Yeah, I’m with you. The question is, who’s buying/selling? I wouldn’t just make a trade to make a trade. If the price is right, I’m all for it. If not, hold off. You can never have too much depth. Plus, having options is always a good thing. You never know, an injury can occur or the rookies don’t pan out.

    • Lasandro says:

      @Kostas @Son: I agree with your thoughts re: Rozier and (potentially) Fultz, but I think Smart is forever going to be who he is right now. If given a solid 30min role, he should essentially be a Tony Allen-type with more 3s, and a much worse FG%. Fantasy-wise, that’s definitely useable, but I would rather them try their best to keep IT, Avery and Terry. Bradley FINALLY got some real life recognition as a fabulous two-way player, with his strong performance in the playoffs. I’m not the biggest IT guy, more so in reality than fantasy, but I realise that without him, they’d have scarce scoring.

      If they somehow could keep their defensive juggernauts in Crowder and Bradley, while bringing in a legitimate scoring big/wing for IT, they could easily move Rozier into the starting 5 and let him flourish. Bradley, Crowder, and the team, produce more with the ball moving around. And it helps that their center is a guy capable of averaging 5 assists.

      • Son

        Son says:

        @Lasandro: Right now, the Celtics basically have 2 big men under contract: Horford and Mickey. They definitely need some rebounding. For all the talk about the guards, I think the frontcourt is where the conversation should be at. That will in some ways determine what the C’s do in the backcourt. There are some juicy big men that will probably be available once the FA period begins: Griffin (PO), Millsap (PO), and Ibaka (UR). Now, the C’s are projected to have around $30 million in cap room. If they go for one of those big men, that puts them out of the running for Hayward. BTW, I think he’s going to the C’s.

        If that’s the case, they are going to “punt” the PF and backup C positions. I think trading one of the pieces that you and Kostas mentioned is probably in-play. Assuming they do draft Fultz, it would be IT/Rozier at PG, Bradley/Fultz at SG, Hayward/Crowder/Brown at SF, ? at PF, and Horford/? at C. I put Smart as a swingman, as he can play the 1-2-3. In this scenario, I’d look to trade Crowder and Smart for frontcourt players. Also, IT is definitely in play as well, as he will be a FA after next season and is going to want to get paid. Not sure there’s enough money to go around.

        If the C’s do not go the Hayward route, I gotta imagine they go for one of those big men or two, as there are some older/cheaper ones that I didn’t mention. In that scenario, a trade of one of the backcourt players is less likely. IT/Rozier at PG, Bradley/Fultz at SG, Crowder/Brown at SF, and the frontcourt. Smart would once again be the swingman. There would be many pieces to the pie, so minutes would be allocated appropriately, which would not be a good thing for fantasy.

        Whew….with all that said….I think the best route for the C’s to take would be….trade IT for a big man, preferably one that can shoot AND rebound. I’d have doubts giving him the money he’s going to want. Sign Hayward. I really do think there’s a good chance that happens.

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