|Five worst Celtics draft day moves of Danny Ainge era||06.27.12 at 7:20 pm ET|
When Danny Ainge was hired as Celtics president of operations in 2003, he inherited a team on the upswing that had just come off of a pair of playoff exits following six straight seasons missing the playoffs.
Nine years later, Ainge has become known across the league for his bold decision-making, something that has helped the Celtics rise back to the elite of the NBA over the last five seasons. But despite the success, it hasn’t gone without some controversy and questionable moves.
As Ainge enters his 10th NBA draft in the Celtics front office, here’s a look at the top five worst draft day moves Ainge has made and how they’ve panned out.
5. J.R. Giddens, 30th pick, 2008 ‘ Heralded as one of the best scorers in the 2008 draft class, Giddens simply just never panned out in the NBA. Considered to be a potential replacement for Tony Allen, who eventually left the Celtics in free agency, Giddens couldn’t live up to the defensive standards that Doc Rivers stresses and never received much playing time.
It didn’t begin well for Giddens, who declined to participate in minicamp after being drafted because he hadn’t agreed to a contract. After finally signing, the 6-foot-5 guard was put on assignment with the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League before getting called up to the Celtics in February 2009. He saw very limited action and saw eight minutes during the season.
In 2009-10, Giddens saw an increased role but still didn’t see much playing time. He played 4.7 minutes per game in 21 appearances, which even included a start on Jan. 2, 2010. He scored a career-high 10 points and posted nine rebounds against the 76ers on March 19, 2010, as a member of the Knicks after being traded by the Celtics. For his career, Giddens averaged 1.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.5 minutes per game.
Where is he now?: On Feb. 18, 2010, Giddens was traded by the Celtics as part of a deal that sent him, Bill Walker and Eddie House to the Knicks in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry. He saw an increased role with the Knicks but chose to leave the NBA after the season to pursue a career overseas. He spent 2010-11 in Poland before signing with PAOK Thessaloniki, in Greece, where he currently plays.
|Pruitt signs with Knicks||09.11.09 at 5:06 pm ET|
Former Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt has signed a contract with the New York Knicks, according to statement issued by the team. Terms were not disclosed per team policy. Pruitt became a free agent this summer when the Celtics did not pick up the option on his contract. A former second round pick in the 2007 draft out of USC, Pruitt appeared in 62 games and averaged 2.0 points per game over the last two seasons for the Celtics.
|Celtics waive Pruitt||07.31.09 at 10:50 pm ET|
On Friday the Boston Celtics announced they had requested waivers on guard Gabe Pruitt. He appeared in 62 games and averaged 2.0 points per game over the last two seasons. He also spent time with the Celtics former NBA Development League affiliate, the Utah Flash. This month Pruitt posted nearly 11 points and five assists at the Orlando Summer League. He was drafted by the Celtics out of USC with the 32nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
As he explains in this NBA TV interview from Summer League, Pruitt had hoped to make his mark on the Celtics next season:
|Celtics Announce Summer League Roster||07.02.09 at 12:43 am ET|
The Boston Celtics announced the roster for the 2009 Orlando Summer League, which runs July 6-10 at the RDV SportsPlex. Current Celtics Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, and Bill Walker along with this year’s 58th pick, Lester Hudson, will participate. In addition, invitees include:
(F) Nick Fazekas, Nevada
(G) Coby Karl, Boise State
(G) Chris Lofton, Tennessee
(G) Bryan Mullins, Southern Illinois
(F) Kevin Rogers, Baylor
(G) Bryce Taylor, Oregon
(F) Mike Sweetney, Georgetown
(C) Robert Swift, Bakersfield HS (CA)
(G) Darius Washington, Memphis
July 6, 7pm vs. Jazz
July 7, 1pm vs. Magic
July 8, 5pm vs. Thunder
July 9, 7pm vs. Pacers
July 10, 1pm vs. Nets/76ers
|Pruitt suspended two games||02.27.09 at 2:13 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics have suspended guard Gabe Pruitt two games for conduct detrimental to the team. Pruitt was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday morning in Los Angeles following the Celtics loss to the LA Clippers. “I recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and accept the consequences of my action as determined by the Celtics,’ said Pruitt in a statement issued by the team. Pruitt is averaging 2.3 points and 8.8 minutes per game this season.
|Walker committed to Boston||01.22.09 at 12:10 am ET|
Bill Walker has close ties to his community. So close, in fact, that he tattooed the numbers of his childhood address on his neck. When the Boston Celtics rookie got recalled from the NBA Development League this month, he was eager to give back to the city he’s now calling home.
Last weekend Walker, along with Kendrick Perkins, Gabe Pruitt, and J.R. Giddens, served home-cooked meals to 150 men and women at the Boston Rescue Mission. The food was prepared by members of the Celtics staff as part of the Shamrock Foundation.
‘[The best part was] just them being so happy that we’re there,’ Walker said. ‘Just being somebody who actually could take enough time to come down there and just sit and talk with them, serve them food, things like that. Little things like that do mean a lot to people.’
Boston is one of the many places where Walker, 21, wants to make a difference. Even though he is just starting his NBA career, he already has made plans for years to come.
‘That’s just something I want to do when I’m done with basketball, just to try to help the communities that I’m in first and then expand,’ Walker said. ‘So that was just fun, going back and trying to cheer up a couple people.’
For more information on the Celtics community outreach, visit www.celtics.com.
|Celtics to serve 150 home-cooked meals||01.16.09 at 11:01 am ET|
This Sunday members of the Boston Celtics will serve home-cooked meals to 150 homeless men and women at the Boston Rescue Mission. Kendrick Perkins, Patrick O’Bryant, Gabe Pruitt, and Bill Walker will distribute meals prepared by members of the Celtics staff as part of the Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Martin Luther King Day. For more information on the Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s community outreach, visit www.celtics.com.