Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has a reputation for being a stellar drafter of young NBA talent. Ever since taking over the Celtics in 2004, he’s plucked a number of household names for Boston in the NBA draft, including Kendrick Perkins, Al Jefferson, Tony Allen, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger.
Barring a trade, the Celtics will have a good chance to add to that rich history of draft talent with their No. 6 selection in the 2014 NBA draft. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford (subscription required), Ainge could target a number of different players at the six spot, including Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
Joel Embiid's recent foot surgery also makes his availability a distinct possibility at No. 6 if his stock falls on draft night due to injury concerns. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Boston is also high on Indiana's Noah Vonleh as well, according to an NBA source.
Landing a player from that diverse collection of talent should help Boston take another step forward with their rebuild. How big of a step will that be? Let's take a look at the last decade's worth of players selected in the sixth spot to get a better indication of what Boston fans can expect.