Re: Celtics all-time 1st Team Disappointments
posted at 11/14/2010 6:08 PM EST
Since the Celtics won 16 titles in the 1st 38 years the NBA existed, I'm not going to nit-pick any of the 'bust' picks they had in that era
Starting with the Bias death that crushed Red's soul, aged the old big 3 in a matter of 2 years and cost them at least 2 championships MANY errors were made with 1st rd picks...
So what were the biggest ones?
'89 - Michael Smith over Tim Hardaway
Could have had Divac or Kemp as well but were all set to take Hardaway as Dennis Johnson's heir, with Reggie as emerging all-star and Big 3 still with 2-3 decent years left... till Red was told Smith could be another Bird by God knows who and screwed this up BAD
'99 - The trade of this pick by Pitino for Vitaly Potopenko - horrible
Pick was #8 used on Andre Miller. Celts could have had Shawn Marion (9), Ron Artest(16) or even James Posey (18) as defensive SF's to pair with Pierce, or taken Jason Terry to score a ton of points
'01 - Kederick Brown over Richard Jefferson, Troy Murphy or the option to use Denver's '02 1st rd pick instead (that ended up being better and could have been Amare) was HORRIBLE
Also featured Joe forte over Tony Parker, who they were strogly considering but again Red didn't really know much about the French kid... was another massive blow
'97 - Mercer over McGrady
'94 - Montross over Eddie Jones
'93 - Acie Earl over Nick Van Exel
'00 - Jerome Moiso was terrible. But that was the worst draft EVER. Nobody did well in the 1st rd after that pick. Magloire and Q Rich maybe had a few decent years, that was IT.
'05 - Gerald Green over David Lee
'06 - Could have had Brandon Roy, then again woul not have had Theo Ratcliff exp contract to get KG one year later, prob wouldn't have gotten him with Raef's @ 2 year's left on deal
'08 - J.R. Giddens - still curious as why Danny didn't pick a player here for another team and have a trade pre worked out that netted us a veteran bench guy to help repeat in small window
(example Tony Allen signed for 1 year @ 4m, traded with this pick, Scal and a 2nd rd pick for Kirk Hinrich, who Bulls didn't need with Derrick Rose just picked #1)
Instead Giddens did nothing till the Nate trade.
So many to choose from