The Boston Celtics have made a very good decision to draft young players and land the right pieces to build a very competitive team. Proof of that is Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and more, players who have taken this team to the next level. This year, though, they are facing two big names in Jimmy Butler and rookie sensation Tyler Herro, who led the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.
Back in the day, the Celtics had the chance to draft these two players but things didn’t go in their favor and now they were eliminated by Butler and Herro. During the 2011 NBA draft, the Celtics and other 28 teams had the chance to draft Butler but they looked elsewhere, missing out on the Marquette product. The Chicago Bulls took the risk and landed a player that would become a star in the next couple of years.
Eight years later, they were in a similar position, looking to draft Tyler Herro until the Miami Heat told otherwise and stole the sharpshooter. The Celtics had the 14th pick in the 2019 draft and convinced they could get Herro until Miami snatched the player with the 13th pick of the night. Now Butler and Herro are leading the team that will play in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.
We don’t know if Butler would’ve been as good as he is if he was originally drafted by Boston, but, knowing the situation of the team after they shipped Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, he’d probably have a similar or better career right now.
We’ll never know how things would’ve worked for Jimmy or Herro in the TD Garden, but we know that they are doing great things with the Heat. They will start the biggest series of their life on Wednesday night, against the hardest rival they could imagine.