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Ainge Is Facing A Nightmarish Scenario
First of all, no sub-.500 team should ever be in the playoffs. It's a sport's
Secondly, a draft pick isn't just a draft pick. It's a trade commodity.
Those poor misguided folks who see no problem with the Celtics
making the playoffs and having the 15th selection in the draft, miss out on the
fact that a Lottery pick has a lot more of a trade return than a Mid-Level
draft choice. Ainge for instance could whip up a package deal of
the Lottery pick, Davis, et al., and one of the Bigs and get back some type of
All-Star in return. The 15th pick? Much more difficult to do so.
It's a lot easier for a GM to sell his Ownership and Fans of a trade
of an All-Star player, when a Lottery Pick is involved. Lottery picks are
inheritantly more Sexy in fans and ownership's eyes than middle of the
Thirdly, teams do move up in the Lottery. Charlotte farther down in the
Lottery than the Celtics were in a past draft, moved up to the third
pick and got All-Star Baron Davis.
Fourthly, that early Celtics second round pick has value, because with all
the Euros and high-schoolers in the draft, someone of a first round nature
may be availabe at 38.
Fifthly, the Celtics in their current stretch, are playing three of the worst teams
in the NBA. It's not a proper set of opponents to accurately evaluate the club.