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Not much can help speed up a rebuilding process faster than coming out of the draft with two solid, real NBA players.
Have a look at the Indiana Pacers, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, who zoomed to the forefront of basketball by some superb drafting. The Pacers exited 2008's draft with Roy Hibbert, Jarrett Jack and Brandon Rush. In 2010, they came away with Paul George and Lance Stephenson. A few years later, both those players were starting in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Supersonics grabbed Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in the 2008 draft, helping expedite a rebuilding process that led them to an appearance in the 2012 NBA Finals.
For the Boston Celtics, the gold standard is likely 2004, when they left draft day with Al Jefferson, Tony Allen and Delonte West. Jefferson was used to land Kevin Garnett, and West was used to trade for Ray Allen. That one draft massively helped deliver Boston years of success.
"We have a lot of options and a lot of assets to maneuver within the draft itself," Ainge told The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn. "Yes, the draft is exciting, but I’m not really thinking that much about the draft and yet every day I’m watching all the players that are in the draft, so I guess indirectly I am."
With two picks in the upcoming first round, it is important for a rebuilding team to come away with two immediate players. They may not be All-Stars or even starters, but two real NBA players would be a boost. Something like the Golden State Warriors' haul in 2012—Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green—would be helpful.
Missteps like JaJuan Johnson over Chandler Parsons, Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas or Fab Melo over Mike Scott, Tony Wroten and Green will set the Celtics back. They are in need of immediate impact, whether for their own team or for trade value, like Jefferson and West were.