Re: What would the Celtics have been like if they picked Tony Parker instead of Joe Forte?
posted at 6/12/2013 12:25 PM EDT
In response to Mployee8's comment:
In response to johconn's comment:
In response to teejaytee70's comment:
....and if they kept Joe Johnson that same draft.
ooof, tony delk and rodney rogers. joe forte was a red pick too.
Had Chris Wallace not wasted the first pick, they could have had Parker and Forte. Forte could have played his natural 2 guard position and maybe developed .... He did go on to have success in Europe though and had a lengthy career there ... might still be playing too.
Here's a good story about Re'd interest in Forte and his influence on the pick;
Forte would always have been a bust
That draft should have been Joe Johnson, Troy Murphy and Parker.
That probably doesn't make the C's good enough in '02 to beat the Nets, since they have no need for the Delk/Rogers trade with Murphy/Parker over Forte/Kederick Brown.
So the C's probably lose to the Nets still, have a 1st rd pick again in '02, a TERRIBLE draft with nobody but Tayshaun Prince worth taking in the later round. Hopefully the C's are smart enough to take 2nd rd pick Boozer.
Then even if they don't make the dumb Vin Baker trade and draft smart (Josh Howard and Perk in '03, Tony Allen in '04, David Lee in '05) they likjely have these results:
'02 - lose to Nets in ECF
'03 - lose to Spurs in NBA finals
'04 - lose to Pistons in ECF
'05 - lose to Pistons or Heat in 2nd rd
'06 - lose to Pistons or Heat in 2nd rd
If they were somehow able to add that all-star difference maker big man like KG in the '05-'07 range they would at that point be better off with Joe Johnson and Parker than a young Rondo and older Ray of course.
Could they turn Antoine (or Raef if they still trade him), Boozer or David Lee, Josh Howard, etc into KG or something similar? who knows. That is the only way they win a title.