Danny Ainge had another busy draft night.
The Celtics general manager continued his near-annual tradition of stockpiling picks, while making a pair of trades, and three of the first 33 selections.
With the 14th pick — acquired in the infamous 2017 heist of Philadelphia, in which Boston dealt No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, and landed Jayson Tatum and multiple picks — the Celtics took Indiana guard Romeo Langford. The touted recruit failed to live up to the hype in his lone season with the Hoosiers, but played with a torn ligament in his thumb, contributing to his 27 percent 3-point shooting.
Boston’s backup plan may end up even better. With the 33rd pick — acquired, along with the 24th pick, from Philadelphia after trading the 20th pick — the Celtics landed Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, who averaged over 24 points with the Boilermakers, and set the NCAA tournament record for 3-pointers made, while making a memorable run to the Elite 8.
The generously listed 6-foot guard only dropped so far because of his size, like Tennessee star forward Grant Williams, who was taken by Boston with the 22nd pick. Though Williams’ size and athleticism underwhelm, his motor and basketball IQ can match any prospect in the draft.
In addition to trading down, the Celtics traded away Australian big man Aron Baynes, and the 24th pick, to Phoenix, for a 2020 first round pick.
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