Maybe I’m a sucker, but I do feel some comfort when hearing something like Wyc Grousbeck saying that there was applause in the Celtics’ war room when they realized that they could draft Marcus Smart. I was hoping for Aaron Gordon, but the Magic made sure that wouldn’t happen. Actually, I should say that I was rooting for the number 6 overall pick to be thrown into a Kevin Love deal, but whatever.
Marcus Smart is athletic, good at driving in the lane, and competitive as hell. In a way, he’s similar to Rondo. The biggest reason that I like the pick is that Brad Stevens and anyone who is insanely competitive just seems like a good match. Stevens hated losing, and nobody in the Celtics organization wanted to let the team tank, which is a good sign going forward. Even if a lot of it is by gut feeling, I like Marcus Smart playing for Brad Stevens.
Then, they drafted James Young, unleashing the Bill Simmons fist pump. Wait, quick tangent…
Some people are bitching about Simmons’ fist pump, and those people are idiots. Simmons has never pretended to be objective. There are enough things to criticize him over, despite him being a great writer. Let’s call people out for what actually deserves to be called out.
Back to the Celtics. After the draft, they have Rondo, Smart, Young, and the rights to Avery Bradley. There’s a logjam, and Danny Ainge is gonna be making some moves. I’m rooting for him to sign and trade Bradley for a more established veteran, hopefully Love. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked to see both Bradley and Smart (the latter of whom would absolutely have to be in the trade) in a deal for Love, if the Celtics are the sweepstakes winners. That would still leave the C’s with Love, Rondo, Young, Jeff Green, either Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk (one of them would be in the trade), and over $10 million in cap space.
All in all, I think every Celtics fan is pretty happy with how Thursday night went. But there’s a lot more to come.