so basically we lost every tiebreaker but maybe the memphis pick?
We did...but I don't think this is all that costly. If we trade the picks, the difference in value is minimal.
And if we keep them, and there's say someone at 12 we want, moving from 14 to 12 would probably cost a couple second rounders, or maybe a protected first that converts to a second after a couple of years.
Once you get into the top 10 moving up costs a lot, even for a couple slots (e.g., Luka/Trae), but once you're into the teens and 20s it's not that hard to do. Those swaps of a few slots happen a couple times per draft.
good points. also, even though the celtics choose at #14, the odds for moving up in the lottery is the same as the other two teams.
originally, being at #14 meant the odds of moving up were something like 1.9%. now, for the celtics it 4.8%.
every little bit helps.
add to that, even if the memphis pick drops and becomes the celtics' pick this year. there is a good chance ainge might be able to move up a couple of places with a trade of picks. or, perhaps someone good might drop to that place.
the celtics are sitting on embarrassment of riches in terms of draft picks right now.