The immediate aftermath of the Boston Celtics’ latest season hasn’t exactly sent Danny Ainge riding off into the sunset after it was announced that he’d be stepping down as Boston’s President of Basketball Operations.
Whereas many were pining for Kris Dunn or college phenom Buddy Hield, Ainge knocked it out of the park with Boston’s highest draft pick since 1997.
The following year, Ainge had no hesitation relinquishing the No. 1 overall pick and the chance to draft Markelle Fultz, the consensus top selection.
With all of Boston’s first-round picks and many others at his disposal, Ainge had the chance to improve a team that was clearly on its way to contention, if not already there. A team’s first-round pick at the beginning of the season could theoretically wind up anywhere, but months of regular-season games shrinks hypothetical outcomes for better or worse and for Ainge, it was for worse.