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Ainge took Sullinger knowing the forward had chronic back trouble and eventually would need surgery. The Celtics boss probably believes more than ever that Sullinger’s value was worth the risk.
Bradley, who sprained his left ankle during a 2010 pre-draft workout with the Thunder, had surgery before even reaching his rookie season. Though subsequent double shoulder surgery added to Bradley’s reputation as a player whose hard-boiled style produces injuries, Ainge is pleased with the risk he took.
“We also got some great years out of Leon (Powe),” Ainge said yesterday of his 2006 second-round pick, who had two reconstructive knee surgeries by draft night.
There is so much luck in drafting players, it’s scary. Not only do you have to project talent, but you have to identify a player’s physical, mental and emotional state. Will this guy’s body hold up? See Oden, Greg. Will this guy’s brain hold up? See Green, Gerald. Will this guy ever mature? See Davis, Glen.
Danny’s had more hits than misses on draft night, so whatever he’s doing is working. I’d rather take a chance on damaged talent, than draft the guy who looks good in a uniform. See Brown, Kedrick and Giddens, JR. As evidence, here’s my super-positive reaction to the Celtics selection of Jared Sullinger.
We still have about 6 weeks before draft night (June 27) so there’s plenty of time to speculate on potential picks. If you are a mock-draft junkie, Bleacher Report collected possible Celtics selections from multiple websites.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Jordan Crawford report card | CSNNE – 5 trades from 10 years with Ainge | Sporting News – NBA Draft Combine: Walking wounded, point guards highlight draft