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Updated Boston Celtics 2016 NBA Draft picks

The NBA regular season is over and the Boston Celtics own eight draft picks. Here's the updated order and odds for each pick:

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports


3rd-best lottery odds (via Nets)

The 2013 Celtics-Nets trade is the gift that just keeps on giving. The Nets finished 21-61, the third-worst record in the NBA. This means the Celtics will have a 15.6 percent chance at landing the No. 1 pick, a 31.3 percent chance at the Top 2, and a 46.9 percent chance at the Top 3. Here are the odds for each pick:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
15.6% 15.7% 15.6% 22.6% 26.5% 4%

All eyes are on Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons, but don't forget Dragan Bender, who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as them. However, having the No. 1 or No. 2 pick goes beyond having the chance to select a top prospect; it increases Boston's chances of trading for a transcendent talent like Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, or someone else. Think big.

16th (via Mavericks)

The Mavs finished 42-40, tied with the Grizzlies and won the tie-breaker, so the Celtics have the 16th pick.

23rd (Celtics)

The Celtics finished 48-34, a 4-way tie with the Heat, Hornets, and Hawks. A tie-breaker gave them the 23rd pick.


31st (via 76ers)

35th (via Wolves)

These are two of Boston's underrated assets, since they are high second round picks and the player won't have to sign to a rookie scale contract.

45th (via Mavericks)

Celtics also acquired this pick via the Rajon Rondo trade.

51st (via Heat)

58th (via Cavaliers)

These picks could be used to draft-and-stash players, like the Celtics did with Marcus Thornton in 2015.

Key Dates

  • May 17: NBA Draft Lottery
  • June 23: NBA Draft

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