Well I know there aren’t actually ping pong balls, but the Celtics need some of that luck of the Irish to land a top-three choice in this year’s NBA Draft.
The Boston Celtics history of recent lottery struggles is well-documented. They missed out on the No.1 pick in a draft that had a solid power forward from Wake Forest enter the NBA.
There was the 2001 NBA-Draft debacle where the C’s had three first-round selections and took Joe Johnson (traded for Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk), Kedrick Brown (Who?), and Joe Forte (has done jail time). In that year they passed on Richard Jefferson, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas, and ironically, Gerald Wallace.
Then in 2007, they ended up with the No. 5 pick in a year where a top-2 choice would have netted Greg Oden (I know) or Kevin Durant. They drafted Jeff Green, who was moved for Ray Allen and Glen Davis, and now Green is back in Celtic green disappointing the masses.
So that brings us to this year, where the Celtics are expected to get a top-five choice in this year’s stacked draft class, along with a pick later in the first round. Before tonight’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, we will get to see if the C’s can get one of the elite prospects from this year’s class. Keep your fingers crossed, kiss your four-leaf clover, and rub that rabbit’s foot because the Celts are going to need all the luck that they can get.