Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
On the one hand, point taken on draft picks...they had Brooklyn's picks forever, hahaha isn't that great, and look at the franchises now. On the other hand, he was able to draft some excellent players. Not sure what the strategy should be if the league is now just wait to see where the superstars want to play. Talking about Brooklyn, you've got an oddball in Kyrie, a guy who sulked his way off his last team, and a guy who looked at the challenge of getting beaten by a great team and responded by joining that team the next year. But whatever, they're contenders this year and the Celtics aren't.All that draft capital spent on undersized wing players who Trader Danny has too often said he can't have enough of..... and tweener JAGs
Result: A woefully undersized roster with zero paint presence and limited rebounding abilities forcing The Brad to deploy the Globetrotter weave for 22 seconds and then launch 25 footers by the likes of Marcus The Sniper Smart.....or The Brad's plan B: Tatum isolation.
Danny's East Coast version/pipedream of replicating the Golden State Warriors.
The Obituary soon to be written....
Green Teamers will be kind to Ainge when looking back on this era with the C's making the Eastern Finals a few times but less invested historians will likely conclude this Celtics era was an unmitigated waste of a golden opportunity.
And I suspect team builders of the future will look at Ainge's lust for stockpiling and keeping draft picks and conclude his strategy was both naive and poorly executed..... and should be avoided like the plague.
So I don't know. I've been supportive of Ainge, and kind of still am. The worst place to be in the NBA is the middle class purgatory. So he rode the big 3 as long as he could, then broke them up for the reboot. This year, injuries have obviously been an issue, but MAN seems like they underachieve and don't always play hard. I want to like Brad Stevens, but at a certain point don't you have to take a hard look at how he gets his teams to play? At least those that aren't in the "scrappy overachievers" category.