The Celtics don’t end up with one of the big names in the lottery
The Celtics’ pleasant mediocrity is, without a fortunate bounce of the ping-pong ball, going to keep them in the back end of the lottery, picking in the 13 or 14 range. They’ll miss out on one of the potential franchise players at the top of the draft—a six-deep group led by Kansas’s Andrew Wiggins (pictured) and Joel Embiid and Duke’s Jabari Parker. The Celtics got Kelly Olynyk at No. 13 last year. They should get an even more promising player in that range in the talent-rich 2014 Draft, but it’s not the same as getting a franchise cornerstone 10 picks or so higher.