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The 19th pick in the NBA draft

06.23.10 at 8:11 am ET
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nba-draft-logoOn Thursday, the Celtics will put the past behind them and look to the future with the NBA draft in New York City. The C’s are going to have plenty of gaps to fill, with the possibility of Rasheed Wallace retiring, the future of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in question, and other players, namely Nate Robinson and Tony Allen, becoming free agents.

The Celtics have one pick in the first round of this year’s draft, just beyond the halfway point, at 19. A pick at that number typically is not somebody a team can build around, but a pick that can be a role player or a deal-maker in trades. A role player would be just what the Celtics would need.

Looking over the past picks at No. 19, a few names stick out. There’s Hakim Warrick from 2005, Zach Randolph from 2001, Jamaal Magloire from 2000, Scot Pollard from 1997, Rod Strickland from 1988 and John Paxson in 1983. Boston has had the 19th pick twice in the past 15 years: 1993 (Acie Earl) and 1990 (Dee Brown). The Celtics also got 1996’s No. 19, Walter McCarty, a year after his rookie season. Back before the NBA-ABA merger, the 19th pick was in the second round, but there were significant picks, like Jerry Sloan in 1964 and the list’s lone Hall of Fame No. 19, Nate Archibald in 1970.

Here’s a list of the No. 19 picks in the past 25 NBA drafts.

2009 – Atlanta Hawks: Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
2009-present: 71 games, 228 points, 122 assists, 67 rebounds, 39.6% FG

2008 – Cleveland Cavaliers: J.J. Hickson, NC State
2008-present: 143 games, 934 points, 49 assists, 565 rebounds, 54.3% FG

2007 – Los Angeles Lakers: Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech
2007-2009: 113 games, 595 points, 201 assists, 276 rebounds, 44.2% FG

2006 – Sacramento Kings: Quincy Douby, Rutgers
2006-2009: 143 games, 588 points, 93 assists, 152 rebounds, 38.9% FG

2005 – Memphis Grizzlies: Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
2005-present: 383 games, 3,859 points, 276 assists, 1,640 rebounds, 49.6% FG

2004 – Miami Heat: Dorell Wright, South Kent Prep (CT)
2004-present: 211 games, 1,333 points, 259 assists, 780 rebounds, 46.1% FG

2003 – Utah Jazz: Sasha Pavlović, Budućnost Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
2003-present: 452 games, 2,488 points, 451 assists, 840 rebounds, 40.7% FG

2002 – Utah Jazz: Ryan Humphrey, Notre Dame (traded to Orlando)
2002-2005: 85 games, 197 points, 18 assists, 189 rebounds, 34.4% FG

2001 – Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Randolph, Michigan State
2001-present: 587 games, 10,141 points, 986 assists, 5,149 rebounds, 46.9% FG

2000 – Charlotte Hornets: Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky
2000-present: 628 games, 4,841 points, 377 assists, 4,234 rebounds, 48% FG

1999 – Utah Jazz: Quincy Lewis, Minnesota
1999-2004: 159 games, 567 points, 96 assists, 210 rebounds, 39.7% FG

1998 – Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Garrity, Notre Dame
1998-2008: 552 games, 4,017 points, 443 assists, 1,457 rebounds, 41.7% FG

1997 – Detroit Pistons: Scot Pollard, Kansas
1997-2008: 506 games, 2,222 points, 220 assists, 2,351 rebounds, 49.4% FG

1996 – New York Knicks: Walter McCarty, Kentucky
1996-2006: 593 games, 3,056 points, 670 assists, 1,554 rebounds, 39.2% FG

1995 – Detroit Pistons: Randolph Childress, Wake Forest
1995-97: 51 games, 124 points, 49 assists, 25 rebounds, 32.8% FG

1994 – Dallas Mavericks: Tony Dumas, Missouri-Kansas City
1994-98: 156 games, 1,1140 points, 186 assists, 198 rebounds, 40.4% FG

1993 – Boston Celtics: Acie Earl, Iowa
1993-97: 193 games, 980 points, 61 assists, 517 rebounds, 40.3% FG

1992 – Detroit Pistons: Don MacLean, UCLA (traded to Washington)
1992 – 2001: 319 games, 3,490 points, 404 assists, 1,210 rebounds, 45.5% FG

1991 – Washington Bullets: LaBradford Smith, Louisville
1991-1994: 183 games, 1,218 points, 394 assists, 271 rebounds, 43.2% FG

1990 – Boston Celtics: Dee Brown, Jacksonville
1990-2002: 608 games, 6,758 points, 2,227 assists, 1,569 rebounds, 43.6% FG

1989 – Philadelphia 76ers: Kenny Payne, Louisville
1989-93: 144 games, 508 points, 61 assists, 170 rebounds, 41% FG

1988 – New York Knicks: Rod Strickland, DePaul
1988-2005: 1,094 games, 14,463 points, 7,987 assists, 4,084 rebounds, 45.4% FG

1987 – LA Clippers: Ken Norman, Illinois
1987-97: 646 games, 8,717 points, 1,355 assists, 3,949 rebounds, 48.6% FG

1986 – Atlanta Hawks: Billy Thompson, Louisville
1986-92: 300 games, 2,566 points, 514 assists, 1,615 rebounds, 50.5% FG

1985 – Houston Rockets: Steve Harris, Tulsa
1985-90: 207 games, 1,440 points, 238 assists, 365 rebounds, 43.4% FG

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