Jan 16 2014 9:46AM

Green with Draft Picks

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Not sure if the Leprechaun has anything to do with it, but it seems that lately, every time a Boston employee steps out of the Celtics locker room, he magically turns into a first-round draft pick.

It happened again Wednesday, when GM Danny Ainge--anxiously awaiting the Friday return of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo--traded away incumbent point Jordan Crawford and reserve shooting guard MarShon Brooks in a three-way trade with Golden State and Miami that gave Boston the 76ers' lottery-protected first-round pick (2014 or 2015) along with Miami's 2016 second-round pick.

This trade means different things to different teams.

For Golden State, by trading Toney Douglas to Miami and acquiring the Celtics guards, the Warriors get the backup point guard they've sorely missed since Jarrett Jack opted for the greener-dollar pastures of Cleveland.

For Miami, by unloading Joel Anthony to Boston, the Heat save themselves $6.4 million in remaining-season salary and luxury-tax penalties for a seldom-used center.

But the real story here is how Boston did it again.

The C's acquired--potentially--yet another first-round pick.

Which--potentially--gives them 10 first-round picks over the next five seasons.

You read that right.


Giving Danny Ainge (one of the five best NBA general managers) and Brad Stevens (one of the best NBA head coaches) and Ron Adams (one of the five best NBA assistants) 10 first-rounders in the next five drafts is like giving Usain Bolt a 10-meter head start.

I mean, Boston's future now is so bright that even the Red Auerbach statue has to wear shades.

Let's break it down, year by year for you.

If the 2013-14 NBA season ended today, Boston might have the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (their own selection).

The C's might also have the No. 20 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (receiving less favorable of Brooklyn and Atlanta's picks, originally belonging to the Hawks from the Joe Johnson trade and acquired from the Nets in the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce/Jason Terry acquisitions).

Using today's standings for future lotteries as well, Boston might have the No. 5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (their own selection).

Boston might have a non-lottery first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (if the Sixers make the playoffs from the Jordan Crawford trade via Miami; otherwise, this selection becomes a Miami second-rounder).

Boston might have the No. 25 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (belonging to the Clippers and acquired in the Doc Rivers coaching trade).

Boston then might have the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft (their own selection).

Boston might have the No. 12 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft (belonging to the Nets and acquired in the Garnett/Pierce/Terry acquisitions).

Boston also has the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft (Garnett/Pierce), possibly landing yet another lottery selection.

Boston once again has their own first-round pick along with the Nets' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft (Garnett/Pierce/Terry).

Do you see what's going on here?

The first round in the next five NBA Drafts will be co-hosted by Commissioner Adam Silver and Boston's GM Danny "Red" Ainge.

Puff another victory cigar, Danny, Brad and Ron.

Boston Celtics 18.0 is set to launch in the near future.