In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll have a full preview of the NBA Draft and a quick look back at what the Celtics had going into last year’s draft.
1. What a difference a year makes: In 2007, the Celtics had the No. 5 selection in the NBA Draft.
- It’s truly to amazing to think of the Celtics’ position one year ago when they were heading into the draft with the No. 5 pick and did not know what to do with their disgruntled superstar, Paul Pierce.
- The Celtics were just a 24-win team yet unluckily lost the lottery completely, getting the worst possible spot at No. 5. Was Danny going to draft Jeff Green? How about Yi Jianlan? Better yet…was he going to trade the pick? You all know the story…Ray Allen + Kevin Garnett = NBA Title.
- Oh by the way, the Celtics have the No. 30 pick in 2008, and NBADraft.net has them either taking Turkish center Omer Asik (7’2″) or N.C. State PF J.J. Hickson.
2. Heading into the 2008 NBA Draft, the current consensus No. 1 pick is Derrick Rose.
- For months, Michael Beasley was the guaranteed No. 1 pick. His talent is immense and his resume was excellent. He had an even better season than Kevin Durant did the previous year in college. What happened?
- Well, people began to question Beasley’s work ethic, desire, and attitude. Also, point guards are becoming much more valuable in the NBA while the offensive style in the league changes. Throw in that Rose is from the Chicago area…and you have Rose to the Bulls at No. 1.
3. What will the Miami Heat do with the No. 2 pick?
- There are a lot of hot rumors that the Heat wanted Derrick Rose, but will now turn their sights to O.J. Mayo or other point guards. The Heat were surprised that Shawn Marion decided to not opt out and remain with the Heat for a final season, thus there is no need for Beasley with Marion and Udonis Haslem in the mix.
- One rumor has the Heat trading Shawn Marion and the No. 2 pick to the Clippers for Elton Brand and the No. 7 pick. That would be interesting, as Pat Riley covets Elton Brand and he would still be able to draft a point guard at 7. The Clippers are obsessed with O.J. Mayo and would be able to get him at 2.
4. Will the Knicks be able to trade up to No. 2 or 3 to get O.J. Mayo?
- The Knicks desperately want to build their new team under Mike D’Antoni around Mayo. He’s flashy and would thrive in the New York setting…but how would a trade work?
- If someone does the trade, they would have to inherit the Knicks pick (No. 6) and an expiring contract to want to do it. They would also have to have enough cap room, or send their own big contract in return to NY. Minnesota at No. 3 would be able take on salary, but would they do the deal?
All I know is…it really feels good to have the No. 30 pick.
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