What were the Celtics’ biggest 5 trades during the NBA draft?

The NBA draft is all about roster design. There are a lot of different strategies out there, but let’s stick to what legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach once said: “They say you have to use your five best players, but I’ve found that you’re the best The five players won together.”

With this framework, the draft offers a wealth of opportunities. Of course, you can choose the best available player and hope that he grows with your system. But fate favors the bold – the NBA draft is a real opportunity to swing and bring in the right players. Smart trades on draft night can change everything.

Not surprisingly, Boston has a history of moving and wobbling far beyond their own specific choices. Under Auerbach, the Celtics’ NBA draft trade history is a rich and storied one. As we’ll see, some of the team’s best players have gotten green through draft-day trades. Let’s discuss.

Celtics sign Jayson Tatum (2017)

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Boston had the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft despite having 53 wins the year before. The Celtics climbed to the top of the list via a draft pick exchange with the Brooklyn Nets. Having wrapped up the Finals tour, Boston is ready to join its already exciting roster.

However, then-president of basketball operations Danny Ainge struck a rather bold deal. He and the Celtics wanted Duke’s Jayson Tatum, but were willing to risk signing the St. Louis native. Boston traded the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 pick and a future No. 1 pick. The 76ers drafted Markle Fultz, the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball, and the rest is history.

The trade was actually reported a few days before the draft, but we could still include it on our Celtics NBA draft trade list. Perhaps over time, the trade will actually become a more important move for the team. But as we’ll see, Boston did get the gold in the draft day trade.

Boston trades two point guards (2006)

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson) After the 2005-06 season, it was clear the Celtics needed a point guard. Delonte West and Marcus Banks aren’t the right quarterbacks for Boston’s offense. Going into the draft, the club was eager to make the move — Ainge would end up with two trades on the night, and by the end of the night, the Celtics had two new point guards.

The Suns selected Rajon Rondo of the University of Kentucky with the 21st overall pick. Phoenix then traded Rondo and Brian Grant to Boston for a 2007 first-round pick. In another trade, the Celtics traded Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and Portland’s second-round pick for No. 7 pick Randy Furth. Yay, Dan Dickau and Ralph LaFrentz.

Telfair became the team’s starting point guard the following season, but the pairing didn’t last long. Boston ended the 06-07 season with just 24 wins. Rondo showed some promise as the team’s backup point guard, which provided a brief glimmer of hope for a disastrous season.

In April, the team announced it had severed ties with Telfair and named Rondo the starting point guard. A year later, Rondo and the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals. Things move fast for the Association, sometimes facilitated by the right draft night trades.

Tribute to the Chief (1980)

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In the spring of 1980, Boston changed. Dave Cowens has retired, but Larry Bird looks ready to lead the next chapter in Celtics basketball. Red Auerbach, now team president, was the first pick in the draft scheduled for June 10 and was eager to make a splash. The day before, on June 9, Red took action.

Boston traded the No. 1 and No. 13 picks in the 1980 draft to the Warriors in exchange for big man Robert Parish and the No. 3 pick. (The Celtics had previously acquired both picks by trading Bob McAdoo to the Pistons in September 1979, which in turn was a bigger compensation package when Boston signed ML Carr in July of that year.) a part of.)

Parish plans to join the Celtics, who selected Joe Barry Carroll with the No. 1 overall pick. After two draft picks, Boston selected Kevin McHale from the University of Minnesota. With a beautiful new backcourt, the Celtics went on to win NBA championships in 1981, ’84 and ’86. good.

Here Comes Ray (2007)

Ray Allen Lahonrondo

Ray Allen Lahonrondo

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Robert Parish and Kevin McHale are definitely Celtic royalty. The moves around the 1980 NBA draft changed everything for Boston. Because Larry Bird was already on the team and the C team was set as the No. 1 overall pick, however, it was more of a clever use of resources than a rags-to-riches move. For this story, we’re going to 2007.

In that year’s NBA draft, the Celtics did something unexpected. They traded Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the No. 5 pick to become Jeff Green to Seattle. In exchange, Boston got All-Star Ray Allen and LSU’s Glen Davis.

“Make a player – and a person – like
Ray Allen was very difficult,” said then-Sonics general manager Sam Presti. “Boston really pursued that. The small conversation that started was completed. Their pursuit is impeccable. “

At the time, it wasn’t clear why the humble Celtics would trade some of their prized young talent. Can aging Ray Allen help Paul Pierce calm down and correct the boat?

A month later, Kevin Garnett joined Allen and Pierce in Boston. Landing the former MVP cemented the start of the Big Three era. But it was a risky draft night trade, and the party started.

Celtics trade Bill Russell (1956)

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The Celtics hung 17 championship banners in the rafters of Boston’s TD Garden. Bill Russell helped win 11 of them. Still, NBA history might have looked very, very different had it not been for a spectacular trade on draft day in 1956.

A two-time NCAA champion at the University of San Francisco, Russell caught the attention of head coach Red Auerbach, who felt his Celtics lacked defensive intensity. Unfortunately, Boston has the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming 1956 NBA draft and has already used its territorial selection on Tom Heinsohn. The Celtics have a plan.

First, Boston traded the No. 7 pick, Ed Macaulay and Cliff Hagan to St. Louis for the No. 2 pick. Macaulay and Hagen are veteran players. In retrospect, it was a shrewd move, if only because the Rochester Royals still had the No. 1 overall pick. Two things work in the Celtics’ favor.

For one, the Royals already have a big man in Morris Stokes and don’t want to pay the $25,000 signing bonus that Russell was seeking. Celtics owner Walter Brown called Rochester’s front office to confirm the development.

Brown, who also owns the Ice Capades, even told Royals owner Les Harrison, according to Auerbach, that if the Royals did drop Russell, he would guarantee the dramatic skating club would go to Rochester. After an incredible run, the Celtics drafted Bill Russell with the third overall pick in 1956.

This article originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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