Going into the 2007 NBA Draft there were two can't miss prospects. Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Open ended up having the knees of a 100 year old and never really accomplished anything in his career. Durant has become a top 3 player in the NBA.
After the 2006-07 season the Boston Celtics finished 24-58, 2nd worst in the NBA. They went into the NBA draft lottery with nearly a 40% chance at top 2 pick. They were going to end up with one of these two stars. We all know how that ended up. They ended up with the 5th pick. The worst possible situation at the time. Celtics fans thought the sky was falling.
Luckily it was a blessing in the disguise for the Celtics because now with no chance at Greg Oden or Kevin Durant it allowed them to trade the pick for Ray Allen. That trade eventually led to Kevin Garnett agreeing to be traded to the Celtics which created the new Big 3 and won the Celtics an NBA Championship the next season.
However despite a championship in 2008 and another finals appearance in 2010 many have questioned if the Celtics have been off with Kevin Durant the entire time? Personally I don't so, I' don't wanna take away a guaranteed champion for the potential of what could have happened with KD. The Big 3 run was awesome and although their window was short, they did win a title.
Kevin Durant ended up getting drafted by the Seattle Supersonics who would become the Oklahoma City Thunder the next season. During his time in OKC Durant has been one of the best players in the NBA. Rookie of the year in 2008, four time scoring champ, NBA MVP in 2014, 7 time All Star, and made it to the NBA Finals in 2012. All of this and he is still just 27 years old.
Durant's contract expires after this season and many NBA insiders and fans alike believe he is leaving OKC unless they make the Finals again this year. With the Warriors and Spurs also in their conference, I don't think they'll be making the Finals so he is most likely gone. There have been rumors of Durant leaving for Houston to pair up with former teammate James Harden, and also Golden State which would create the ultimate super team. If Durant did that the Warriors could break the win record they just set last night.
I for one think Kevin Durant should go to the Celtics, yes I am a Celtics fan so of course I'm coming off biased but it is also a great decision for him basketball wise and that is what this blog is about. Hopefully I'll convince you why Durant should come to Boston. Hopefully KD reads this too and decides to come to the C's.
Why Kevin Durant Should Sign With The Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have the most prestigious history in the NBA. 17 NBA Championships. Countless Hall of Famers. Red Auerbach. When you think NBA history, the Celtics have been there for everything. They have more retired numbers than they know what to do with. 35 is retired right now for the late Reggie Lewis but I have a feeling they'd make a special exception for KD.
Yet despite this, the Celtics have always had trouble getting major stars to sign in Boston as free agents. Many blame the weather and perceived racism of Boston, but I think that is a bunch of bullshit. There are ass holes every where, not just Boston. Yeah it's cold, but with the travel of the NBA, you aren't gonna be in Boston every single night.
It's always baffled me that guys don't wanna come and play in Boston. It's the best sports city in the country. We are winners. This city wins a championship every other year. Only the Lakers can compete with the Celtics for most prestigious organization in the NBA. The Celtics are the foundation of the NBA, they are the Yankees of the NBA.
If you want to be the best, why would you want to play with some nothing orginaztion like the Rockets? When you can come to Boston be beloved by the best sports city in America. If you win in Boston you become a legend. Become part of a legacy of excellence, be part of the Boston Celtics. With legends like David Ortiz and Tom Brady reaching the end of their respective careers, Kevin Durant has the chance to become the new face of sports in Boston and New England.
Playing in Boston is tough and is definitely not for everybody (looking at you Pablo Sandoval) but one thing the Boston fans are is loyal. If you try your best and give effort every night, we appreciate it, and the city will fall in love with you. Boston fans go to games, tickets to all four local teams are tough to get even in down years because the city had a large, passionate, loyal fanbase. In Boston you will be appreciated. We love our guys and are begging to get a chance to love you. While it is a small city, Boston is also the city for entire region as most of New England roots for the Celtics. You're getting love for 6 states.
3. Celtics Have A Bright Future
When the Celtics traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett they basically got every Brooklyn Nets draft pick for the next five years.
The Celtics have a legit chance at top 3 pick in this upcoming draft and then again in 2017 and 2018. So not only would the Celtics be adding Kevin Durant to this roster but also top lottery picks as well to compliment this roster as it currently is constructed.
In addition to the upcoming draft picks the Celtics have one of the most complete rosters in the NBA. While they lack a superstar, (which is a huge deal) they have many key players who carry the load. If you add Kevin Durant and a top 5 pick to a team that has high quality starters in Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley. Mixed with up and coming young role players like Marcus Smart, James Young, and Terry Rozier this Celtics team can have a very bright future.
4. Brad Stevens
Lots of people think coaching the NBA is overrated as it is a players league but the Celtics have one of (if not the top) young coaches in the game with Brad Stevens. He gets the most out of his players. He was able to get 48 wins out of a team without a legit superstar and has squeezed every ounce of talent he can get from this roster. Last year he got the Celtics to the playoffs when they were one of the worst teams in the NBA for most of the season. He's been successful where ever he coaches. As a college coach he made it to two straight National Championship Games with Butler, a mid major. Shocking the college game two straight years.
If you gave a coach like Brad Stevens a player with the talent of Kevin Durant to add to up and coming players like Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas, there is a great chance this team takes the next step and becomes a championship contender.
5. Eastern Conference
Kevin Durant has played is entire career in the NBA's Western Conference. The West has been better than the East for as long as I can remember. There have been many great teams in the West and it is always a rock fight to make it out of the West to go to the Finals. The Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs, and Warriors have all won NBA championships since 07-08 Durant's rookie year. While in the East only the Celtics and Heat have since 08. The last five seasons Lebron James' team has won the Eastern Conference. People don't wanna acknowledge it, but Lebron is not the same player he was even 3 years ago. All of the extra playoff games have added an additional season of playing time to his career. He's getting older, and is not going to be on top of the mountain forever.
While it does not guarantee a championship. A switch to the Eastern Conference makes the road to the Finals much easier. Despite their age, the Spurs aren't going away anytime soon, the Warriors are loaded, the West has two elite teams that are going to make it very hard to reach the Finals for the foreseeable future. Currently the East only has 1 team, the Cleveland Cavaliers that has a chance to win the NBA Championship and they'd a distance 3rd behind the Warriors and Spurs.
If KD were to come to Boston, all of a sudden the East is no longer a lock to go to the Cavs. The balance of power in the entire conference can change with the addition of one player.
In 2012 Kevin Durant made his only NBA Finals appearance to date. His Oklahoma City Thunder won game 1 against Lebron James' Miami Heat only to lose four straight games and the NBA Championship. KD has had other team playoff runs, but this was the closest he's every been to a championship.
What better way to get a little revenge then to go to the Celtics (in the Eastern Conference) and be the reason Lebron never brings a championship to Cleveland? A Lebron v KD rivalry in the playoffs every year would be awesome for the NBA.
All of the reasons I've listed previously kind of mash up together for this. Kevin Durant is an amazing basketball player. Probably already a HOFer with what he's done statically to this point. However at 27 years old he still has many elite years left where he can become an all time great. Boston gives him the best chance to do this. Yeah he could go to the Warriors, but the Warriors are Steph Curry's team. KD's numbers would have to go down just because of all the talent on that roster, and while he would most likely win a championship there. The impact of being the guy in Boston would be much greater for his legacy. Bringing a championship(s) to the Boston Celtics would be the best thing for KD's career. If he could win multiple and maybe another MVP or two, he could end up as a top 15 player in NBA history.
So that is my pitch to Kevin Durant on why he could come to the Boston Celtics. Hopefully Danny Ainge has a better pitch and presentation lined up for him this summer, but if he needs any help I'm very available.