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Is Danny Ainge truly unimpressed with the 2014 draft class?

aingeringDanny Ainge is not impressed with the 2014 draft class and he wants everyone to know it.

Here are comments Ainge made on Monday to an audience of season ticket holders (transcription courtesy Celtics Blog):

“I’ve been saying all along that the experts on ESPN and so forth are blowing this draft out of proportion. First of all, we don’t even know who’s in the draft yet. There are a lot of underclassmen that are projected, so we’re prepared for those underclassmen that are projected draft picks but we don’t know who’s going to be in the draft. There aren’t any game changers in the draft. There are a lot of nice players and players that we’ll be excited to work into the development, but they’re not going to come in and turn our team around in one year or two years. But hopefully we’ll be able to get a couple of players this year that will be rotation players in the NBA for years to come.”

No game-changers? We’re tanking for rotation players?!?

Ainge continued the theme in an interview with Baxter Holmes:

“I think that’s it’s realistically hyped now, because I thought — and I said — before the season even started that it was completely overhyped,” Ainge said. “It’s like, mock drafts are never accurate until about a week before the draft. They incrementally get a little bit more accurate. But really, until June, the history would say that you really don’t want to pay too much attention to it.”

Yet is this draft class realistically better, or is it just better than the 2013 class, which was one of the worst draft classes in a decade or so?

“I think it’s maybe a little bit better by comparison, but it’s not even close to one of the best draft classes in the last 10 years,” Ainge said.

Ainge called the 2014 draft class overhyped back in November, but these comments take the discussion to a new level.

If Danny truly believes the draft class is average, wouldn’t he try to trade out? If so, these comments are only hurting his negotiations.

Maybe Ainge is lying (a wild assumption for a GM) and purposefully fueling the overhyped conversation. Maybe he’s trying to get other teams to trade out so he can move higher?

Please submit your conspiracy theories.

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  • Brian Pahlm

    I think Danny, knows that he isn’t going to get the #1 pick and after the top 3 the talent is pretty close. I’m sure they will go all in for Kevin Love again with all the picks they have. The Celtics MO is to trade for super stars and to draft role players. A team of Love Asik Mcdaniels (from clemson) Bradley and Rondo would be better then 10th in D which they are now, and with the addition of Love you are looking at an extra 10 points a game. Top 5 in D and O would be more then enough to get them in the top 3 in the East. The Rest depends on injuries, how the draft turns out, and Luck.

    • Michael Biscardi

      Don’t hate that scenario, although I’d much rather see them grab T.J. Warren with the mid-first rounder…

      • Michael Biscardi

        Or Stauskas if they go SG…

        • Brian Pahlm

          Yea I think they would go with Nik with their second pick. I just don’t see him starting ahead of avery. Tj is a great college player but you need a lock down defender at sf and he nore jabari is that. I’ll take 15 points a game and holding your opponent to under 10 instead of scoring 25 and giving up the same which parker does way to much. Defense takes so much pressure off a team. Watch the Clemson game tonight and see the impact this guy makes on every play.

  • Graham Brunell

    I think they love the draft (it’s been reported throughout the year that Ainge loves Parker (early on in the year), is enticed by Exum/Embiid, and shares an interest in Wiggins), and I think Ainge is doing everything he can to get the second pick.

  • CFH

    “Not even close to one of the best ten draft classes in the last 10 years” made me roll my eyes so hard they almost got stuck.

    It’s one thing to say that this class isn’t like 84 or 96 or 03, when there were multiple franchise players up for grabs.

    Even to say it’s not the best in 10 years, fine.

    Saying it’s not ONE OF the best in 10 years when you have clunkers like last year’s draft is a bit much.

    And saying that it’s not “close to” one of the best is funny. Not “there are 40 point guards better than Rondo” style exaggeration, but close.

    Danny protests too much… unless he wants people to think he protests too much… to trick people into thinking he really wants someone… so they’ll have to give him a ton for his high draft pick if he trades it.

    In Danny I trust.

    • Curt Hays

      That’s just what you think he wants you to think that he wants you to think you think.

    • thetitleisours mkay

      Wants to soften the blow when fans spend months scouting the rookies and following the lottery, and then he goes and trades them away for an established NBA player

  • swissflix

    I think Ainge is really just saying what he thinks. We just put too much speculation into his comments.
    Of course he does not say everything he sees and knows. I’m sure he is going to at least try to trigger a deal in the summer involving the draft pick.

  • John Smith

    I hope this isn’t actually what he thinks. People were saying this type of thing about Anthony Davis, who currently has a PER of 27.2, higher than Tim Duncan has ever had.

    Right now, it’s difficult to see a scenario in which Parker doesn’t make an all star team.

    • bill_nair

      To be fair, that draft was pretty much a crapshoot after Davis.

      • John Smith

        Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Bradley Beal, Jared Sullinger! Lillard was an all-star, and the rest could easily make the cut multiple times in their career.

        • bill_nair

          I completely agree but at the time expectations weren’t high on everyone but Beal. The hype was about Davis, MKG, and Barnes. Drummond was considered by many to be a bust.

          To your original point, anyone who doubted Davis was a fool. Not many can’t miss-prospects I’ve seen like Davis.

  • adam

    Or he could be pulling a red.

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