Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge didn’t make any moves on draft night and that was the right decision.
Trader Danny must have lost his phone on Thursday. The Boston Celtics GM didn’t make any crazy draft day moves and stood pat at the 27th pick.
Prior to the draft, it appeared that the Celtics would try to move into the top ten and possibly try to acquire Texas big man Mo Bamba. Bamba is a great talent, and I really wanted him on the Celtics, but Ainge was smart to not make any moves.
The Celtics ended up with a great pick. They selected center Robert Williams out of Texas A&M. At A&M Williams averaged 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.5 blocks. Williams has his issues on offense, but on defense, he is a beast. Williams has a 7’5″ wingspan so he can disrupt shots with ease. The Celtics are already being described as having the steal of the draft.
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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens seems excited with the pick.
“I think when you look at guys with size and how they can impact a game now, he’s got good feet, he’s a good athlete, he’s got a 7-foot-5 wingspan, and he plays way above the rim,” said Stevens. “And the ability to block shots, the ability to alter shots, the quickness to catch up to guard shooting and taking a step, being able to still alter that.”
Trusting what the C’s have
This was the right move. The current Celtics roster almost made it to the NBA Finals. Rozier and Brown really found themselves this year. Jayson Tatum proved that he is going to be a superstar in this league, and they did all of this without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
The Celtics weren’t expected to make a run in the playoffs after losing Irving, and they proved everyone wrong (Well besides Cedric Maxwell, he thought they were going to make it to the finals credit to him).
The Celtics roster as it is currently constructed is built to be a great team for a long time. They have a great starting five, and a deep bench. The addition of Williams just makes them even better.
So even though we were all expecting a trade from Danny Ainge, he made the right decision by staying put.