Boston Celtics: Looking At The History Of The 6th Pick

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The legendary Larry Bird was selected sixth by the Celtics back in 1978. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NBA Draft is just a few short weeks away and as we inch closer to June 26, teams like the Boston Celtics are deep into their individual workouts with potential draft picks.

While the Draft Lottery was not kind to the Celtics, bumping them down to the sixth pick, there is a great deal of talent at the top of this draft class and the No. 6 has a history with this historic franchise.

In 1978, the Celtics selected an Indiana State forward by the name of Larry Bird, who would go on to not only change the course of this team and the league, but also go down as one of the greatest players ever to grace the hardwood. S

ince the NBA Draft Lottery was implemented in 1985 however, the quality of player selected at the sixth pick has been somewhat disappointing. While every pick has its own boom and bust stories, the number of real impact players taken at No. 6 is considerably lower than you might expect.

While we have spent weeks looking forward towards draft night and guessing who the Celtics will pick, let’s take a look back at the history of the sixth pick in the NBA Draft since the lottery-era began and compare the best and worst players to have come from the spot since 1985.

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