The 2011 NBA Draft is just seven short days away and it’s time to start talking about it. It’s time for two reasons: 1) the 2010-2011 NHL season has ended in the most awesome way possible; and 2) because we can’t talk about free agents. Let me repeat that for the skimmers: we CAN’T talk about free agency.
It sucks, but it’s true. If there is an NBA season next year, I can guarantee you that the collective bargaining agreement will look decidedly different. This prohibits Celtics’ fans (or any fan of a team over the current salary cap) from dreaming up mid-level exception possibilities or sign-and-trades involving Glen Davis. These strategies of salary cap circumvention may not be possible so I don’t want to hear your ideas. What I do want to hear about is who you think the Celtics should draft in the first round.
The Celtics have the 25th overall pick which means getting an impact player will take some luck and some scouting savvy. Danny Ainge has shown evidence of possessing both with trading for the rights to Rajon Rondo in 2006 (21st overall) and drafting Ryan Gomes, Glen Davis, Semih Erden, and others out of the draft lottery.
So who is the lucky prospect that gets invited into the Celtics’ family this year?
We’ll be doing a lot of draft talk for the next seven days so stay tuned for prospect breakdowns, who each of us would draft, why the Celtics won’t draft certain players, and a second round poll all coming soon.