Danny Ainge NBA Draft History
2003: Troy Bell (1,16); Dahntay Jones (1,20); Brandon Hunter (2,56)
Bell, a former star at Boston College, was immediately traded to Memphis where he played in just six games before spending the rest of his professional career playing overseas; Jones has appeared in 622 NBA games with seven different teams; Hunter averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 36 games as a rookie with the Celtics.
2004: Al Jefferson (1,15); Delonte West (1,24); Tony Allen (1,25); Justin Reed (2,40)
Jefferson is a career 17 points per game scorer, the key piece Boston had to part with in order to acquire Kevin Garnett in 2007; West’s versatility and toughness made him a fan favorite; Allen has become a perennial selection to the all-NBA defensive team; Reed played sparingly for Boston before being traded to Minnesota about halfway through his second season.
2005: Gerald Green (1,18); Ryan Gomes (2,50); Orien Greene (2,53)
Highlight of Green's career with the Celtics was winning the 2007 Slam Dunk competition; Gomes was named to the NBA’s all-rookie second team; Greene played two seasons (one in Boston, one in Indiana) before becoming an overseas journeyman who last played in Mexico.
2006: Randy Foye (1,7)
Was part of six-player trade on draft night with Portland, the Blazers immediately sent him to Minnesota where he went on to earn a spot on the NBA’s all-rookie first team.
2007: Jeff Green (1,5); Gabe Pruitt (2,32)
Green was trade bait to lure in Ray Allen from Seattle (now Oklahoma City); Pruitt didn’t last long with the Celtics which had Rajon Rondo, Eddie House and Sam Cassell ahead of him on the depth chart.
2008: J.R. Giddens (1,30); Semi Erden (2,60)
Giddens spent the bulk of his professional career playing overseas; Erden played two seasons (one in Boston, the other in Cleveland) before returning home to play in Turkey.
2009: Lester Hudson (2,58)
Has been in and out of the NBA since being drafted, signed a multi-year deal this past spring with the Los Angeles Clippers led by ex-Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
2010: Avery Bradley (1,19); Luke Harangody (2,52)
Bradley emerged as one of the league’s best on-the-ball defenders; Harangody’s NBA career lasted two years and he now plays professionally with the Spanish ACB club Valencia Basket.
2011: MarShon Brooks (1,25); E’Twaun Moore (2,55)
Brooks was traded on draft night to New Jersey (now Brooklyn) for a 2014 second round pick and the No. 27 pick of the draft, JaJuan Johnson. Both are out of the league now; Moore is a career 5.4 points per game scorer primarily as a third guard.
2012: Jared Sullinger (1,21); Fab Melo (1,22)
In three seasons, Sullinger has averaged 11.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game; Melo was a bust even by late first-round pick standards.
2013: Lucas Nogueira (1,16)
Traded to Dallas along with two, second round picks in exchange for Kelly Olynyk on draft night.
2014: Marcus Smart (1,6); James Young (1,17)
Smart was named to NBA all-rookie second team; Young spent most of first year in the D-League.
2015: Terry Rozier (1,16); R.J. Hunter (1,28); Jordan Mickey (2,33); Marcus Thornton (2,45)
Rozier enjoyed a breakout season in 2017-18, averaging 16.5 points-per-game in the playoffs while filling in for Kyrie Irving; Hunter and Mickey both split time between Boston and the D-League; Thornton never appeared in a game.
2016: Jaylen Brown (1,3); Guerschon Yabusele (1,16); Abdel Nader (2,58)
Of the eight (!!) players the Celtics drafted in 2016, three remain with the team. Brown was named All-Rookie Second Team and followed it up by emerging as one of the best young players in the league as a sophomore; Yabusele and Nader both play limited minutes. Ante Zizic was one of the pieces sent to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. Of the other four players, only Demetrius Jackson (5 games) wore the green and white.
2017: Jayson Tatum (1,3); Semi Ojeleye (2,37); Kadeem Allen (2,53); Jabari Bird (2,56)
Ainge traded down from No. 1 to No. 3 to take Tatum, who was named All-Rookie First Team and averaged 18.5 points-per-game in the playoffs, while Markelle Fultz, the number one pick, appeared in just 14 games. Ojeleye found a niche as a strong defender off the bench and Allen and Bird were both G-League All-Stars, appearing in 18 and 13 games for the Celtics, respectively.
2018: Robert Williams (1,27)
Williams fell to the Celtics at No. 27 due to teams being wary of his maturity issues. Though he was late for his conference call and missed his flight to Summer League after he was drafted, Williams showed flashes for the Celtics as a dynamic rim protector in the 32 games he played in during his rookie season. He averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 8.8 minutes per game.
2019: Picks (1,14), (1,20), (1,22) and (2,51)
The Celtics haven't had this many first round picks since 2016, where they picked Jaylen Brown third overall and stashed 16th overall pick Guerschon Yabusele and 23rd overall pick Ante Zizic overseas for a year. Will they replicate that strategy in 2019, pick players able to contribute right away or trade the picks for future assets or a move up in the draft? We'll find out Thursday.
2019: Romeo Langford (1, 14), Grant Williams (1, 22), Carsen Edwards (2,33), Tremont Waters (2, 51)
With the impending departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford via free agency, the Celtics seem to be pivoting toward building around a young core in this draft. The selections of Langford, a wing player from Indiana at 14th overall, Williams, a 6-7 wing from Tennessee (22nd), Edwards (33rd), a high-scoring guard from Purdue and LSU point guard Waters add depth and hope to complement the core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. The Celtics reportedly tried to trade up but in the end, traded away their 20th pick in a deal that netted them Edwards in the second round. They also traded big man Aron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns for a 2020 first-round pick from the Milwaukee Bucks.