The Celtics – holding the Kings’ first-round pick – lost a tiebreaker with the Hornets and Heat in last year’s draft. Charlotte picked No. 12, Miami No. 13 and Boston No. 14.
The Heat took Tyler Herro No. 13.
A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston:
On NBA draft night last year there was a collective moan among the Boston Celtics brass right about the time the Miami Heat used the No. 13 pick to select Tyler Herro.
The Celtics were very much enamored with the 20-year-old leading up to last June’s draft
The draft is full of smokescreens and disinformation, especially from Boston. So, this can’t be taken as gospel.
But it’s still another fun chapter in the Pat Riley-Danny Ainge rivalry, which includes a previous example of the Heat drafting a player the Celtics coveted.
Herro made the All-Rookie second team and is now helping Miami against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals – no small feat for a rookie.
The Celtics settled for Romeo Langford, who had a far less productive first season and is now out for the year.
Of course, it’s far too early to declare either player will absolutely have a better career than the other. Besides, Boston never chose between Herro and Langford. The Heat got the choice and took the player both teams seemingly agreed was better.
Report: Celtics were ‘very much enamored’ with Tyler Herro, whom Heat took one pick before Boston originally appeared on NBCSports.com