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Celtics draft picks 2019: C's on pace to be loaded with trade assets

Celtics draft picks 2019: C's on pace to be loaded with trade assets

The Draft Pick Watch is back on, folks.

After having just one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft (which they used on Robert Williams) the Boston Celtics once again could have a wealth of selections in the 2019 NBA Draft.

How many are we talking? Try four picks in the first round -- two of which could be lottery selections. That's a lot of assets if Danny Ainge were to pursue a trade for a certain New Orleans Pelicans big man.

First, here's a look at the five picks Boston has the rights to in 2019:

-- Sacramento Kings' first-round pick (top-1 protected) or Philadelphia 76ers' first-round pick; whichever is higher

-- Memphis Grizzlies' first-round pick (top-8 protected)

-- Los Angeles Clippers' first-round pick (top-14 protected)

-- Celtics' own first-round pick

-- Celtics' own second-round pick

Boston is exactly halfway through its season (41 games) after Thursday night's loss to the Miami Heat. So, if the season ended today, where would each of those picks fall in the 2019 NBA Draft based on the current NBA standings?

FIRST ROUND
No. 9 overall (via Memphis)
No. 13 overall (via Sacramento)
No. 21 overall (via L.A. Clippers)
No. 23 overall (own)

SECOND ROUND
No. 53 overall (own)

Not too shabby, huh?

One quick note: The Grizzlies, Kings and Celtics all are tied with another team in the overall standings; in each case, we're assuming they win that tiebreaker and earn the higher slot.

Memphis and Sacramento both have played poorly of late, with the Grizzlies losing 11 of their last 14 games and the Kings dropping five of their last seven. The worse they play, the better Boston's picks get.

The Celtics don't want Memphis to play any worse, though; if the Grizzlies move up to No. 8 or higher, Boston's pick would move to Memphis' first-rounder in 2020 that's top-6 protected.

C's fans should be rooting for the Kings to tank. The only way Boston loses Sacramento's pick is if it wins the lottery, in which case the Celtics would get Philly's first-rounder.

So, while Thursday was a pretty ugly night on the court for Boston, the future on Causeway Street still is quite bright.

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What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

Jayson Tatum has found both individual and team success early in his NBA career. The Celtics forward was third in rookie of the year voting last season and his team reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

So, with one playoff run under his belt, he's passing on advice that an NBA postseason is a different animal to the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox, a player whose team - until a recent slump - was hoping to snag the final Western Conference spot and get him his first taste of the playoffs.

On the "Road Trippin'" podcast with ex-NBAer Doug Christie, now a Kings broadcaster, Fox, selected two picks after Tatum at fifth overall out of Kentucky in 2017 by Sacramento, said his fellow 21-year-old imparted his playoff wisdom while the two were on a tour of China last summer with Nike.

"All these old cats saying, 'Oh the playoffs is night and day. It's not the same,' " Fox said. "And I'm like, 'yeah, whatever.' But now that I have a peer that went through it, he's like, 'Man, playoffs is crazy.' And he went to Game 7, conference finals! He's like, 'the playoffs and regular season, it's NOT the same." 

Here's a clip via uninterrupted.com: 

It appears Fox may have to wait at least another season to see the difference after the Kings (34-35) have dropped seven of their past 10 and began Tuesday six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the West.

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night when two of the first-four games take place, so time is running out to submit your bracket.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum revealed his bracket on his Instagram story Tuesday, and his prediction for the champion will come as no surprise.

Check out his bracket in the photo below.

Tatum, of course, played for Duke before the C's selected him No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. His Duke squad was upset by South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, resulting in a painful ending to an impressive freshman season.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Tatum's bracket is his national championship game matchup: Duke vs. North Carolina. The Tar Heels-Blue Devils rivalry is the best in college basketball, but these teams have never played against each other in March Madness. It would be fitting, and also really cool, if the first meeting came with a title at stake.

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