If you’ve been driving down any highways in Massachusetts lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the electronic signs along the way: Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.
With Independence Day right around the corner, the most popular time to set off fireworks is right now. And many locals will still do just that.
But it appears that no fireworks policy applies to the Boston Celtics, who once again were quiet on draft night, failing to swing any big deals and electing to draft each of their three first round picks.
Though the Celtics were quiet, their fans – usually supportive to a fault – were not quiet. As Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck addressed season ticket holders inside the TD Garden after the Celtics selected Cal’s Jaylen Brown with the third pick, he was greeted with boos – the loudest boos he’s heard in his 14 years with the organization.
And though the Celtics made a couple of picks in the second round that some would call great value picks, the high hopes and draft parties were long gone by then.
Here are three thoughts from an underwhelming Celtics draft night.
1. A trade wasn’t as close as we all thought
With minutes leading up to the Celtics’ picks, rumors swirled over potential big deals with the Sixers (Nerlens Noel) and Bulls (Jimmy Butler). Both teams were reportedly hot for Providence guard Kris Dunn. But neither trade came to fruition before it was time for the Celtics to pick. In fact, Grousbeck said the offers were laughable. Had there been anything close to an offer the Celtics liked, there’s a good chance they take Dunn with the hope to still trade him. Instead, they went with the guy they wanted in Brown. It appears, at least among Celtics fans, that they are in the minority in wanting him. Is it disappointing the C's couldn't swing a deal? Definitely. Danny Ainge drives a hard bargain, though, and wouldn't budge this time.
2. Give Brown a chance
Seriously, when did Celtics fans become Knicks fans? It’s hard to say if fans were truly upset at the pick, or more upset that there was a pick at all instead of a trade. Brown is listed at 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, and is more NBA-ready than most in his class. But fans care about one thing: buckets. And going into the draft, the knock on Brown was that he can’t shoot. If Brown develops a shot, this will be looked at as a great pick by Ainge. Brown already possesses strong physical attributes as well as a strong mind and work ethic. He shouldn’t have much trouble adjusting to the NBA game, and that means he could find himself in the Celtics rotation as a rookie, something we’ve rarely seen with rookies here in Boston over the last decade.
3. Don’t sleep on the rest of the C’s draft class
Chances are you weren’t holding your breath that the Celtics would take a couple of international prospects in PF Guerschon Yabusele at No. 16 and C Ante Zizic at No. 23. But Yabusele could become a fan favorite – someday. It’s expected that he’ll be a draft-and-stash player for a couple seasons before making his way to the NBA. Yabusele is a bit of an athletic freak, and uses his muscular 260-plus pound frame to bully defenders. Zizic is 6-foot-11, 250 pounds and gives the C’s something they don’t have a whole lot of: size down low. But it doesn’t end there. The Celtics may have stolen a couple high-value picks with Demetrius Jackson at No. 45 and Providence’s Ben Bentil at No. 58. Jackson was seen as a first round pick by many, and Ainge was happy he fell to them at No. 45 after they traded away their No. 31 and No. 35 picks.