The Celtics remain at least one of the favorites to reach the NBA Finals. Their first-round pick should land somewhere in the late 20s, yet they are scouting the nation’s best college talent because of two astute Danny Ainge deals that could land them two lottery picks in 2019.
The Celtics acquired a first-round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, which Philadelphia used on Markelle Fultz. The Celtics took Jayson Tatum third and still own the rights to that first-round pick in 2019, which originally belonged to Sacramento.
If that Kings’ pick is not first overall, it goes to the Celtics. Sacramento is off to a surprising start but the Kings are expected to slip considerably in the treacherous Western Conference.