The Playoffs have finished. The Larry O'Brien Trophy has been awarded once more. Parades have been held, celebrations have died down (at least somewhat), and tears have been shed by winners and losers alike. It's almost time for the offseason, when rumours of trades and free agent signings will occasionally break the easy-going pace of baseball season and vacation time.
But before we get to all that happy stuff, it's almost time for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Set to take place on June 23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, the Draft will once again give teams the opportunity to reload their lineups and begin to work toward future success.
Sometimes teams rebuild around marquee players taken early in the draft, while other times the beginnings of a dynasty can be found farther down the draft board.
The Boston Celtics are well-known for building Championship-winning teams around a core of players rather than simply a single player. From the dynasty of the 50's and 60's to the Big Three of the 80's and the Big Three of the 21st century, the Celtics have found talent from all up and down the draft board. Here, we'll take a look at 10 of the biggest steals in Boston Celtics draft history, and how they've contributed to the team during their careers.
Note: I had a difficult time finding photos of several players in Bleacher Report's photo database, and due to the fact that uploading photos is sometimes a difficult copyright situation, I will refrain from doing so and a picture of the Celtics logo will appear instead.