Danny Ainge really doesn’t miss the mark on much, but he did swing and miss in a pretty big way on one player.
As you might remember, in the 2013 NBA Draft the Boston Celtics traded up to the 13th overall pick so they could take Kelly Olynyk. Though Olynyk turned out to be a fine player in his Celtics tenure, he’ll never reach the level of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was taken two picks later by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Now, of course, Antetokounmpo is an absolute star for the Bucks and likely will win the MVP this season.
And with the Celtics set to take on the Bucks beginning Sunday in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, Ainge was asked by The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett why the Celtics said no thanks on the Greek Freak.
“I think the amazing thing with him was how quickly he developed, and part of that was his height and strength and how much bigger he got so fast. I think that enabled him to be good right away in the NBA. In his rookie year and his second year, you could see, wow, this kid is going to be really, really good.”
Drafting is a pretty unscientific process, so you hardly can blame Ainge for not taking Antetokounmpo.
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