- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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•RAPID REACTION: The Celtics were a fraction of a point away from a top 5 position. Not too shabby when you consider that the next team that's not currently contending for a playoff spot is the Lakers at No. 16. While Boston is enduring a transition season, there remains an appreciation for the Celtics' front office, likely in large part due to the future-minded haul they got while disassembling their core last summer. The Celtics have as many as 10 first-round draft picks over the next five drafts, putting them in quality position to turn things around quickly. If Boston can return to contender status quickly, expect Boston's front office -- a group helmed by Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, assistant general manager Mike Zarren, and director of player personnel Austin Ainge -- to shimmy up even further in future iterations of the vote.