The Boston Celtics may not make the playoffs this season, but they have managed to stand out in one important way: They currently sport one of the most Canadian rosters in league history.
But owner Wyc Grousbeck has yet to satiate his unquenchable lust for employing our friendly neighbors to the north. According to the New York Daily News' Kevin Armstrong, Grousbeck couldn't resist blurting out his 2014 draft fantasy at an event featuring NBA commissioner Adam Silver. To nobody's surprise, the Celtics' honcho is dreaming of Canadian prospect Andrew Wiggins:
NBA commish Adam Silver, speaking at BC event, notes two Canadians on Celtics roster. C's owner Wyc Grousbeck shouts, "Wiggins next year."— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) March 12, 2014
Boston's ravenous campaign of gobbling up Canadian ballers like so many Tim Horton's donuts began in last year's draft, when the Celtics drafted center Kelly Olynyk with the No. 13 overall pick. Though he played his college ball at Gonzaga, Olynyk is a proud son of Canada. He was born in Ontario (Sportsman's paradise!) and attended high school in British Columbia. Also, "Kelly Olynyk" sounds more like a hockey name, when you really think about it.
At the moment, the Celtics employ two of the 21 Canadian-born players in NBA history. But they are still tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett.
Wiggins would certainly break that tie, but do the Celtics really have a chance at getting him? Absolutely...but they need a bit of luck.
While nobody is quite sure where exactly the Kansas freshman will be drafted, Wiggins isn't likely to slip out of the top three. Though B/R's Jonathan Wasserman has him pegged at No. 3, with Kansas teammate Joel Embiid and Duke's Jabari Parker ahead of him, he also believes Wiggins has a chance to boost his draft stock while Embiiid sits out the next few games with back problems:
...without Embiid in the lineup, the Jayhawks will need someone to step up and pose as the team's go-to option.
If Wiggins can excel in that role while leading the team on a string of meaningful wins, it could eliminate the one and only question scouts have regarding his makeup and ability.
If Wiggins moves up in the draft, it will hurt Boston's chances of acquiring him. Per Tankathon, Boston currently sports a 29.6 percent chance of landing in the top three, but only a 9.0 percent chance at grabbing the No. 1 overall pick.
Of course, Boston would likely be happy with either the American-born Parker or the Cameroonian-born Embiid. But if Wyc Grousman wants that Canadian trifecta, then only Wiggins will suffice.
* All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.