In the last 14 years, the Celtics have actually done a decent job in making moves either right before, during, or after the NBA Draft.
Let’s take a look at some of the best moves the club has made, mainly since Danny Ainge has taken over as the team’s basketball operations, but fair props to the transactions that were before his time that eventually panned out.
2003 NBA Draft
Celtics send G Troy Bell and F Dahntay Jones to Memphis for G Marcus Banks and C Kendrick Perkins
We didn’t know it at the time, but this deal was the start of the roster building of the 2007-08 championship team. Banks brought a lot of headaches on the court with his inability to shoot and his decision making and Perkins wasn’t progressing so well early in his career. Banks was eventually run out of town and Perkins got better on the defensive end. One year with Kevin Garnett and all of a sudden Perk was a beast.
2006 NBA Draft
Celtics send 2007 first-round pick to Phoenix for the right to G Rajon Rondo, F/C Brian Grant, and cash considerations
Celtics acquire the rights to F/C Leon Powe from Denver for cash and a 2007 second-round pick
What a deal! Boston ended up acquiring another piece to their championship squad, as well as their future team leader and face of the franchise. The Leon Powe trade was also a steal, as Powe would provide some of the biggest moments of the ’07-’08 NBA Finals and was the heart of the second unit. That pick they sent to Phoenix would become Rudy Fernandez, so no big loss there, and this was the beginning to the Celtics rise that would eventually come to fruition in the next year’s draft.
2007 NBA Draft
Celtics trade G/F Wally Sczcerbiak, G Delonte West, the rights to the No. 5 pick (Jeff Green) and a 2008 second-rounder to Seattle for G Ray Allen, and the draft rights of F Glen Davis
This was the trade that helped bring Kevin Garnett to town. It was the proverbial first shoe to drop to get that process started. Allen brought an immediate partner for Paul Pierce and with the young talent on the roster, it was easy to put together a package to make it seem like Kevin McHale wasn’t just giving up KG. Ending up with Davis was just a bonus, but he too played a vital role in helping Boston get its latest banner raised.