The Boston Celtics have massively changed their reputation around the NBA.
Once known as a team which can't land marquee free agents, the Celtics have landed Al Horford and Gordon Hayward in consecutive seasons. That seems to support an ESPN poll, which ranks the Celtics as the top recruiting team in the NBA.
Here's what ESPN.com wrote on the poll where they quizzed 48 anonymous players.
Which team have you heard makes the best free-agent pitches?
Celtics: 27 percent
Heat: 15 percent
Lakers: 12 percent
Warriors: 9 percent
Other: 37 percent
Others gaining votes: Clippers, Grizzlies, Hornets, Knicks, Mavericks, Pacers, Rockets, Spurs, Wizards
The Celtics prepared a thorough pitch for Kevin Duran before he joined the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 offseason. The pitch included an appearance from Tom Brady. While Durant didn't pick Boston, he praised the team.
"I met with them and they were really good, and I was really impressed by it," Durant said in Nov. 2016, via ESPN.
He wasn't the only one who appreciated the Celtics' pitches.
"Boston [has the best]. If you bring Tom Brady? That's pretty damn cool," an Eastern Conference guard told ESPN.
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