In focus: Boston's draft pick surplus

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics added as many as three future draft picks to their growing collection of assets with Wednesday's three-team swap. Here's a rundown of what's now available (and the technicalities surrounding the picks):

2014 Draft
1st round: Boston, Brooklyn*, Philadelphia**
2nd round: None
* Atlanta has right to swap with Brooklyn; will convey worse pick to Boston  
** Philadelphia's pick is lottery protected

2015 Draft
1st round: Boston, Clippers, Philadelphia*
2nd round: Boston, Philadelphia**, Sacramento***
* Philadelphia's pick is lottery protected  
** Philadelphia conveys if in lottery in 2014 and 2015  
*** Only conveyed if between picks 56-60

2016 Draft
1st round: Boston, Brooklyn
2nd round: Miami, Philadelphia*
* Philadelphia conveys if in lottery in 2014 and 2015

2017 Draft
1st round: Boston*
2nd round: Boston**, Sacramento***
* Boston has option to swap with Brooklyn  
** If Boston swaps with Brooklyn, it loses pick if between 46-60  
*** Only conveyed if between picks 56-60  

2018 Draft
1st round: Boston, Brooklyn
2nd round: Boston

2019 Draft (and beyond)
1st round: Boston
2nd round: Boston

For those scoring at home, that's 17 potential picks over the next five seasons (although two are almost certainly not coming from Sacramento, which would have to be one of the top five teams in the league those seasons to convey). Boston would also prefer to trim that stash by one if Philadelphia made the playoffs in either of the next two seasons, giving them a first-round pick instead of two second-round selections.

Regardless, Boston is giving itself options with all these picks.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter,




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