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But if you dig a little deeper, it’s pretty clear the talent that teams have been able to acquire at No. 17 has been as good, if not better, than what the No. 6 pick can fetch.
Since the 2004 draft, the No. 17 pick has produced more All-Stars (Jrue Holiday, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger) than the No. 6 pick, which has produced only a pair of All-Stars in Lillard and Brandon Roy (who is no longer in the NBA after battling multiple knee injuries before eventually retiring).
Of the No. 6-vs.-17 draft picks, arguably the most lopsided victory for the 17th choice came in 2009, when the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Jonny Flynn — right after drafting another point guard, Ricky Rubio, mind you — 11 spots before Philadelphia snatched up Jrue Holiday.
And in an ironic twist, the Sixers used Holiday as part of a draft-day trade with New Orleans last year to acquire Malden, Mass., native Nerlens Noels with — you guessed it — the No. 6 pick.
LIttle bit of recent history on the sixth pick. Of course if you were to look back even further, you’d be happy to find that Antoine Walker and Larry Bird were both sixth picks overall. This year is an odd exception: landing a top-three pick would definitely have been the preference, but the guys in our range would typically be top-three picks in any other draft. That said , whoever we end up selecting (if the pick isn’t traded) is going to have superstar potential; it just has to manifest.
Page 2: Bill Simmons’ has it all figured out
The most logical offer: Both 2014 picks, both 2015 picks, Sullinger, Bogans and Bass’s expiring for Love. That’s four first-rounders (including the no. 6 pick). If they pulled it off, they’d have to move quickly on Houston’s Asik, even if it meant taking Jeremy Lin’s contract as the price for Asik — conceivably, they could absorb Asik with the aforementioned trade exception and absorb Lin’s deal with their cap space — which helps Houston because they need to dump the Lin/Asik contracts to pursue Carmelo. You tell me: Could you compete in the East with a starting five of Love, Rajon Rondo, Asik, Jeff Green and Free Agent 2-Guard TBA? And could you make the Finals with a Big Three of James Harden, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony? YES AND YES! Let’s do this!
ESPN Boston – Simmons on Love, No. 6 pick
I’d be cool with that. It definitely seems like the Celtics can offer the bets package for Kevin Love, and I’m pretty sure Ainge would pull the trigger even if Love didn’t immediately commit to re-signing this summer. The only potential wrench would be if the Cavs got serious about trading the first pick for an established upgrade. Thankfully, I’d assume Cleveland doesn’t want to blow any chance of drafting LeBron 2.0, so it’s likely they keep the pick. Still, after the Anthony Bennett saga, trading an unknown for an immediate talent may be their wisest course.
Would you take Simmons’ trade?
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