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A look at the 2021 draft in a new Celtics era


     With only a second round pick right now in this year's draft, it can be either hit or miss. Even when given the chance to get a top prospect. Danny Ainge had his successes and failures. Now will we see Brad Stevens make his mark in future drafts?

     Over the years we have watched Danny do really well drafting top tier players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, both went 3rd overall but given how they have developed should have been the number-one picks in their respective drafts. We look at other gems like the Wolverine Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier who both have shown they can play in this league. But Trader Danny has had first round misses. James Young anyone?! RJ Hunter? Last year's draft picks Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard showed they can ball in this league. The jury is still out on Romeo but he just needs consistent minutes and opportunity on the court. When healthy, Robert Williams is a diamond in the rough who has been known to shine. 

     So admittedly, Ainge has had a few misses along the way. He hasn't always come up smelling like roses. Especially with later first round picks and second round picks. Guys like Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, Yabu, and Zizic! Then there are the guys who show promise, but are they true NBA players - guys like Grant Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Tremont Waters and even Carsen Edward, who many thought was the steal of the draft. In the long run they don't overwhelm us as fans. 

     Given the Celtics draft record, not only with Danny, but historically the draft has brought so much promise and greatness along with sadness and disappointment. Not to mention what were they thinking taking Michael Smith?! All this years ago.

     We should all hope Brad finds his way and can match or surpass what Danny did - without hoarding so many picks! Let's see if Brad makes a splash back into the first round. 
 

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