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There is a concern with some fans, a hope for others, that the Celtics would sacrifice this season and focus on development more than winning and possibly reap the benefit with a high pick in 2014.
The draft is already being touted as the best in a decade, with standouts including Andrew Wiggins, whose talent has drawn raves from Kevin Durant; Jabari Parker, perhaps the most fundamentally sound and skilled player to come out in five years, and Marcus Smart, the standout swingman from Oklahoma State who stunned NBA executives by returning for his senior year.
But if banking on the fortunes of the lottery has failed miserably for the Celtics twice before, why would director of basketball operations Danny Ainge try again?