When the Boston Celtics face the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night in Boston, and again Sunday in Brooklyn, they'll have extra motivation. Not only will wins help the Celtics' playoff chances, they also improve Boston's odds of getting a top pick next June.
The Celtics own the Nets' 2016 first-round draft pick with no protection whatsoever. Since Brooklyn is off to a 2-10 start, there's little doubt on paper this is the most valuable traded 2016 draft pick. But it's not the only traded pick with great value, nor is it the only one that could turn into the No. 1 pick in the draft.