It feels a lot like how middle-aged men act when they begin to question their allotment in life, wondering if you will find better solutions to them out there. It’s been the modus operandi of Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics for many years now, given that they blew up their championship-winning core and entered full-scale rebuilding mode.
How many assets that Ainge has accumulated over that timespan is unrivaled in the annals of the NBA. Between next year’s draft and the 2019 draft, Boston is sitting on 14 1st-round picks and 14 second-round picks, for a complete of 28, and the average in excess of five a year. And that is after sending a 2016 first-round pick, they got from the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the Phoenix Suns so they could secure Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline.
“The ability of making playoffs is real important, its real valuable, consider the Hawks, they made the playoffs this past year with a losing record, look at them this year 1st invest the east best record there’s nothing much better than gaining playoff experience”
That’s one of the reasons the Isaiah Thomas trade didn’t sound right to me. Besides the truth that they will have three point guards on the roster, including one that was selected only last year to be their point guard into the future, the boost Thomas has given them since being acquired has put them squarely in the playoff hunt.
The Celtics currently sit half of a game out from the final playoff spot, and have 13 games left in the normal season, including two games from the Bucks, the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Heat and Brooklyn Nets. All these teams are extremely winnable games, and a lot of them directly impact their playoff positioning as well. Their playoff fate is almost exclusively within their hands.