The 2013-2014 Boston Celtics have next to no shot of winning the Larry O'Brian trophy. Even if they follow all the crazy, and more often than not, financially unrealistic free agency and trade suggestions I've seen on this blog lately they still wouldn't have a team that could compete for a title. So why does everyone want to create a team that becomes a perennial first round exit from the playoffs? As one friend elaborately explained to me, "It sucks to suck". I will admit, I do not want to see a Celtics team that finishes with one of the worst records in the league, but right now it's the best route to contending once again.
Now many of you would argue that we've built a championship caliber team through trades and not the draft, but the Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen trades were partially the result of Kevin McHale and a high draft pick, respectively. Finding a way to work, not just one, but two trades that land the Celtics an All-Star caliber player would be nearly impossible, especially with the dearth of talent on this team. If the Celtics wanted to get anything of value from a trade they'd likely have to trade Rajon Rondo which would be taking one step forward and two steps back.
Right now it may be hard to cope with the fact that this team is going to bad after having 5 seasons of a team that could win it all. You just have to realize the fastest way to get back to that is to rebuild through the draft. I know none of the prospects in the "loaded" draft of 2014 are surefire guarantees, but you have to trust that the Celtics will find the right guy, and the best way to do that is give yourself the highest chance at the highest team which goes to the team with the worst record. Just look at the draft of 2003 and all the stars it yielded. Yes, the Pistons missed with Darko Milicic and Dwayne Wade was the only "star" to win a title with the team that drafted him, but Milicic was the only big miss of the top picks and the others left to play in big markets, which Boston is. Am I guaranteeing that the 2014 will bring a star to Boston? Am I guaranteeing whoever the Celtics pick will be a Celtics lifer like Bird or Pierce? Not by any means, but why don't we give it chance rather than watch a. 500 team play for the next decade.
In sum, I believe I made my case fairly clear that the Celtics should tank next season. Do I want to see it? No, but I've been able to convince myself it's for the better of the team and I encourage you all to the same. Rebuilds are very tough on fans and will test your patience and fandom, but it's something that every team goes through at some point and now it's our turn. I'm sure you've all seen those "It's All About 18" ads and tanking this year gets us closer to 18 then having a 7th seeded team.