It’s here, Boston Celtics fans!!
The 2014 NBA Draft is finally upon us, along with all the hopes, wishes, dreams, unreal expectations, potential angry outbursts, and certain drunkenness that go hand-in-hand with the big day!
— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2014
Cleveland is still thinking it should keep that first draft pick, eh? How quaint!
And entirely idiotic.
In order to help you make sense of today, I have whipped up this handy little survival guide. No – don’t thank me yet! Wait until the day is done, and you’re still one of the survivors.
What: The 2014 NBA Draft
When: Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Live Stream: WATCH ESPN
How it Works: The NBA Draft is unique, in that, out of the “Big 4″ of American professional sports (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA), the NBA draft is the only one that requires one evening to complete. There are only two rounds in the NBA Draft, as compared to MLB’s 40, and the 7 rounds that make up both the NFL and NHL drafts.
There will be a total of 60 picks made tonight – barring trades, this will be the order of tonight’s draft, courtesy of Wikipedia:
As you can see, the Boston Celtics will pick twice tonight, each time in the first round. The Celtics own the sixth pick in the draft, which is the highest the Celtics have picked since they drafted Jeff Green fifth back in 2007. Remember – he was traded immediately as part of the deal that brought Kevin Garnett to Titletown . . . only to be traded back to the Celtics by the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.
The Celtics also hold the seventeenth pick in the draft, and with many players who could have been top ten players in previous drafts expected to left on the board at this point, Boston stands to be a stronger team when it is all said and done tonight.
We’ll be providing you with more draft-day coverage than you could possibly want or need all day long here at Hardwood Houdini, so keep checking in, and make sure you follow us on Twitter @houdiniceltics! Let’s go, Boston!