The Post Big-3 Rebuild

BigSoxFan

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May 31, 2007
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Didn't see a thread dedicated to this but I remain astonished at what Ainge has accomplished in such a short period of time. A little over 3 years ago, this was our depth chart:

Humphries / Olynyk
Bass / Sullinger
Green
Bradley / Bayless
Rondo / Pressey (!)

Now, entering the 2017-2018 season, we're looking at the following:

Horford / Zizic
Morris / Crowder
Hayward / Tatum
Smart / Brown
Thomas / Rozier

So, in basically 3 short years, Ainge has added 3 all-stars, 2 top 3 picks, and he still has potentially 2 more high lotto picks on the way in 2018-2019. This franchise had very little direction 3-4 years ago and now they're basically right behind the Warriors with respect to team assets. I don't know how anyone could ever criticize what Ainge has done here.
 

moondog80

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Yes, it is unreal. The goal was to build for 2022, for which he gets an A, and almost by accident he also built a team that could go to the finals

The best the Celtics' own draft pick has been in his stretch was 6th, which happened once. Next best was 16th.
 

ishmael

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Never forget that in Brad's first year as an NBA head coach, he coaxed 1198 minutes out of Jordan Crawford, who Danny then managed to ship out of town for a couple of 2nd round picks, one of which (Deyonta Davis) became part of a trade for a Clippers 1st rounder (owed to Boston in 2019).