Pending Tuesday night time’s draft lottery – or, as we wish to name it right here, MegaBuckets – the Celtics might wind up with as many as four first-spherical picks in the June 20 dispersal. Or they might have simply two.
The accounting agency of Ernst & Younger can be within the room where the lottery equipment spits out the one-via-14 order to certify the proceedings, and while we expect it will be pretty cool if, after the method is complete, the league hired Rasheed Wallace to shout, “Ping pong balls don’t lie!” that’s in all probability not going to occur.
Absent that enjoyable, the result of the drawing will probably be a huge step for the Celtics in figuring out whom they will draft and, more possible, the value of the picks as commerce chips.
Here’s what they possess getting in:
• Their own first-spherical decide, 22 general.
This is based mostly on their forty nine-33 report. The Celts have been truly tied with Oklahoma Metropolis, but the Thunder gained the tiebreaker that was carried out by the league final month simply after the top of the common season. So OKC will decide at 21.
• Their own second-spherical decide, 51 general.
• The No. 20 decide within the first round.
This decide initially belonged to the Clippers, who sent it to Memphis in February 2016 with Lance Stephenson so Doc Rivers might be reunited with Jeff Green. (This is among the reasons Doc not runs the Clips’ basketball ops.)
The Celtics obtained maintain of the decide on draft night time 2016 once they traded first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies for the best to the choice, which was lottery protected. So when the Clippers made the playoffs, the C’s obtained the decide.
Those picks the Celts gave the Grizzlies? They have been Nos. 31 and 35 general, which turned, respectively, Deyonta Davis, who has played 107 NBA games in three years, and Rade Zagorac, who signed with the Grizz a yr later in July and was waived 4 months after that.
• Sacramento’s first-round decide. (Almost definitely.)
The Celtics will get the higher of the Kings and 76ers picks, which would make it seem fairly apparent it’ll be the Sacramento selection, seeing how Philadelphia made the playoffs and the Kings didn’t. However the decide is protected for the highest slot, and if the Sacramentites buck the longest odds (they’re tied with Charlotte and Miami with a 1 % probability) and get Zion Williamson… I mean, the No. 1 place, they nonetheless gained’t be lucky. The Sixers will get the decide. This was originally part of the July 2015 deal between Philly and the Kings through which the latter sent Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson for second-spherical picks Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic, with the 76ers also getting the suitable to swap positions in 2017.
They did so, shifting up from 5 to three and promptly dealing No. three to the Celtics for his or her rights to No. 1. The Sixers took Markelle Fultz, the Kings took De’Aaron Fox, and the Celts took Jayson Tatum. Additionally they, for buying and selling locations with Philly, obtained this decide.
Because it stands, the C’s have a 1.1 % probability of getting No. 2 this yr, 1.2 % of getting No. 3 and 1.4 % of touchdown No. 4. There is a ninety five.2 % shot the decide will keep at 14.
• Memphis’ first-round decide.
The Celtics will get this one if it isn’t in the prime eight, and whether it is and the Grizzlies get to keep it, then it’ll only be protected by way of the highest six next yr. And if it’s not conveyed by then, the Celts will get Memphis’ decide unprotected in 2021.
This one came to Boston by way of a three-yr deal in January 2015. New Orleans was additionally concerned (keep in mind, the Celts had Austin Rivers for a minute before sending him to his father/the Clippers), but the preliminary part had Boston dealing Jeff Green to the Grizzlies for Tayshaun Prince and this decide.
A month later, Prince was part of one other three-workforce commerce, this one with Phoenix and Detroit that netted the Celts Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome.
As for Tuesday, Memphis has a 26.2 % probability of landing in the prime four, with a 31.2 % probability of getting No. eight, all of which would permit them to maintain it. The chances of it getting to the Celtics are 34.1 % for No. 9, eight.0 % for 10, zero.5 % for 11 and a statistically much more minute shot for 12.