Boston Celtics fans who showed up to the TD Garden for Fan Appreciation Night last night were greeted by a Celtics’ roster that will surely look different, and hopefully play better, next season.
Rolling out a starting five made up of Phil Pressey (rookie), Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Kelly Olynyk (rookie), Boston played some predictably sloppy basketball and wound up losing their 57th game of the season, 118-102, to the Washington Wizards.
With the win, and some favorable results elsewhere in the NBA, the Wizards claim the fifth seed in the NBA playoffs and will square off against the Chicago Bulls. Good for them!
As for the Celtics, the loss, combined with a rare win by the Utah Jazz, dropped Boston into a tie with the Jazz for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Good for them!
Let’s play with some numbers, then: when the NBA Draft Lottery takes place, the Celtics and Jazz will each share a 10.35% chance of winning the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. How did I get that number? In the current system, the method of breaking a tie is to . . . not break the tie. Instead, each team receives the average of the number of combinations that are allotted to the two positions shared by the tied teams; in this case, the fourth and fifth positions in the draft. Since the fourth position in the lottery has a 11.9% chance of hitting the jackpot, and the fifth has an 8.8% chance, average them all together and you get 10.35%!
Man, I’m tired doing all of that work. Do your own homework next time!
Now all we can do is wait and hope the NBA Lottery gods (or the luck of the Irish, if you prefer) are with the Celtics this year. After all, there is much to like about this team. Kelly Olynyk topped 20 points for the third straight game last night, and even though he struggled mightily last night, fellow rookie Phil Pressey finished the season playing his best ball. Rajon Rondo appears to enjoy playing with this crew, and actually wants to be involved in with some of the decision-making that will accompany the rebuilding process. A top-five draft pick will go a long way toward solidifying this squad, so pray to whatever gods you believe in: the quest for Banner No. 18 has just begun!