In response to RSPCB73's comment:
What's wrong with trying to win as many games as possible?
What's wrong with being in most games with a chance to win in the 4th quarter?
Not that it is going to happen with the raw young talent on board, what's wrong if the C's win 35 games?
Winning creates positive reinforcements and confidence, and sets up a basis for future improvements. We've tanked before in the hopes for more ping-pong balls. Did not work out so well. Also, if 2014 is supposed to be a deep draft, surely with a couple first rounders, there is an opportunity to package and move up (if not happy with mid-to-late positions).
Red Sox 2013 World Series Champs. Patriots 2014 Super Bowl Champs???!!!
Exactly ... if we had no picks and no tradeable assets then Danny'd be forced to tank. Here he lets the players/coaching staff develop, make a trade here and there for an upgrade and know he has Rondo coming and Hump/Wallace going as well as that TPE for another upgrade next spring/summer. Who wins the Hayward RFA war ... Phoenix or Boston?
Here are some of the assets (picks) he has to move up in the 2014 draft (not including our own 1st & 2nd rounders for 2014) w/o tanking;
2014 first round draft pick from Brooklyn
Brooklyn will convey the less favorable of its 2014 1st round pick and Atlanta's 2014 1st round pick to Boston (via Atlanta's right to swap for Brooklyn) [Atlanta-Brooklyn, 7/11/2012 and then Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]
2015 first round draft pick from L.A. Clippers
L.A. Clippers' 2015 1st round pick to Boston [Boston-L.A. Clippers, 6/25/2013]
2015 second round draft pick from Sacramento
Sacramento's 2015 2nd round pick to Boston protected for selections 31-55 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Sacramento's obligation to Boston will be extinguished) [Boston-Sacramento, 2/17/2009]
2016 first round draft pick from Brooklyn
Brooklyn's 2016 1st round pick to Boston [Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]
2017 first round draft pick from Brooklyn
Boston has the right to swap its 2017 1st round pick for Brooklyn's 2017 1st round pick; if Boston exercises this swap right, then Boston will convey its 2017 2nd round pick to Brooklyn protected for selections 31-45 [Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]
2017 second round draft pick from Sacramento
Sacramento's 2017 2nd round pick to Boston protected for selections 31-55 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Sacramento's obligation to Boston will be extinguished) [Boston-Sacramento, 2/24/2011]
2018 first round draft pick from Brooklyn
Brooklyn's 2018 1st round pick to Boston [Boston-Brooklyn, 7/12/2013]