NBA Insiders Amin Elhassan and Bradford Doolittle break down the draft profile, needs and potential picks of the 14 teams eligible for the NBA draft lottery this year. With some help from Chad Ford's Big Board of top 30 prospects, we take a look at the Boston Celtics.
Personnel Needs: Scoring, defensive center
Major need: Isn't this where we came in? It was seven years ago that the Celtics were coming off a 58-loss season, but seemed to be headed in the right direction with young players such as Rajon Rondo, Al Jefferson, Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins around to complement cornerstone veteran Paul Pierce. The Celtics owned the fifth pick in the 2007 draft and seemed like, with patience, they had a real chance to climb the ladder in the East. General manager Danny Ainge wasn't that patient, though, and in two blockbuster deals swapped packages of his accumulated assets to land Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. The result was a one-season turnaround, all the way to 66 wins and the 2008 championship. It wasn't the first Celtics quick climb; Boston leaped from 29 wins to 61 in Larry Bird's rookie year.