The 2014 NBA draft is going to be one of the best drafts in recent history, that’s been the perception for some time. Names like Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, etc, etc, etc. We can do this all day.
However, with that said, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge doesn’t see it that way. Ainge spoke with Ian Thompson of SI.com and he starts off talking about how it’s almost impossible to get lucky enough to actually win the NBA Draft Lottery (no matter how hard you tank), but then he had a very interesting/controversial line in the interview:
“If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was out there to change your franchise forever, or Tim Duncanwas going to change your franchise for 15 years? That might be a different story,” said Ainge. “I don’t see that player out there.”
I’m not sure if this is a smokescreen by Ainge or if he’s actually serious. He could just have said that to use this later when it looks like the Celtics are tanking. But if he is being honest, this is quite interesting to see how it unfolds.
The article also says that Ainge is aiming to develop players rather than “tank” for better players (aka the 2014 draft).
This should be an interesting storyline to follow throughout the season, especially during draft time.