Boston Celtics land top draft pick while advancing

Postado Mai 19, 2017

On Sunday, the Boston Celtics, the top team in the NBA Eastern Conference, won Game 7 and moved on to the Conference Finals.

As a result, the Celtics, the first seed in the East now playing in the Conference Finals, will have their choice of any player in what's considered the best draft class in years.

You may remember back in 2013 when the Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and their future: the Nets first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018, and the right to swap picks in 2017. If the Bulls or Pacers change their minds about the directions of their franchises, they could come calling for that No. 1 pick, plus a player or two as filler.

It is one of the rarest of feats to be accomplished in sports.

Additionally, the Celtics most likely received the first pick in an NBA-backed effort to break the Cavs monopoly over the Eastern Conference.

On Tuesday, the Celtics got the No. 1 pick in the draft at the draft lottery, via a pick swap with the Brooklyn Nets.

Yes. Credit Pierce, who has not played for the Celtics since the 2012-13 season, for the team's continued success. Plus, it freed up cap space to go after Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford.

Paul Pierce believes the Celtics should trade the No. 1 pick for a superstar.

But Pierce - nicknamed The Truth for his clutch performances - thinks the Celtics should trade the pick. To be honest, while I'd like to optimistically buy in to my own silver lining that I've proposed here, I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if the Celtics forego moving the pick. Not to mention, past the Golden State Warriors in a potential NBA Finals match-up?

Time will tell what happens and, who knows, maybe the Hayward-to-Boston narrative is being overblown regardless of what the Celtics do with the pick.

The Celtics arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, also have reason to celebrate tonight, as they ended up with the second-overall pick despite coming in with the third-worst record.