Let's start our journey into the Celtics draft history with the 1956 draft to get a glimpse into how the Celtics came to dominance. Back then they had anywhere from 8 to 14 rounds in the draft. In 1956, there were 10 rounds and Before the 1956 NBA Draft began, Boston made Tom Heinsohn of Holy Cross a territorial pick.
The territorial system allowed a team to lay automatic claim to a local college player in exchange for giving up its first-round draft position. It was in this draft that Bill Russell was drafted, although not by the Celtics. Auerbach badly wanted Russell, though. He traded Macauley and rookie Cliff Hagan to the St Louis hawks for Russell, who had been drafted second in the draft, behind Sihugo Green.
In the second round Auerbach drafted K. C. Jones. Although Jones couldn't join the Celtics for two years because of military service, this is the beginning of the dominance that would become the Boston Celtics. We will stick with the first round choices unless a player from another round made an impact on the team. [More...]
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Excellent historical coverage, FL12. If there was any doubt that you are a die hard Celtics fan, you proved yourself with that article.
There seems to be a trend in our proud history. We started it off by getting Bill Russel in a trade and drafting Tom Heinsohn. That propelled us to 8 straight titles, and 11 in 13 years. Later in time, we drafted Bird, and got McHale and Parish in a trade. Again, this was a magical assembly of players that propelled us to 3 titles in a 9 year period.
We've had a major lull for almost 20 years, but now, the accumulation of basketball talent, thanks to the Leprechaun Danny Ainge, is setting up another dynasty run for the city of Boston. The only player still here, who was here before Ainge took over is Pierce. Everyone else is either acquired or drafted by Ainge. These are the notable acquisitions who he has handpicked himself: Wally, Perkins, Jefferson, Gomes, Allen, Delonte, and Gerald. And now with a high draft pick on its way in a few weeks, we may add another big piece to the puzzle.