They have an article up on ESPNBoston on what went down that 2006 draft night when Ainge made his finest move. Even though its written by Peter May, its still a good read. May ranks Rondo as the 6th greatest draft pick in Celtics history. No mention in the article that when the Sonics wanted Rondo in the Ray Allen trade a year later, Danny was willing to part with him if the Sonics kicked in Robert Swift. I guess since this was supposed to be a piece praising Ainge, it wouldn't have fit. lol.
"I told him, if you can find a team, go buy a pick and take Rondo," Grousbeck said. That was enough for Ainge. He found a taker in his old team, the Phoenix Suns, who were sitting on No. 21. Phoenix agreed to draft Rondo if the Celtics would surrender a first-rounder in 2007 (which Ainge had procured from Cleveland in a deal for Jiri Welsch) and take on Brian Grant's contract.

Ainge agreed on both counts. The teams waited for Isiah Thomas to make the Knicks' pick at No. 20, and Thomas went with Renaldo Balkman from South Carolina. The Suns then made the Rondo pick for the Celtics and completed the deal.

At the time, the acquisition of Rondo was viewed as the undercard to the main event, the arrival of Telfair, who was supposed to be the point guard of the future.
Full article including the top 6 breakdown.

JR 5/21/2010 12:54:00 PM Edit
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  2. Interesting article. I don't really know if there's more skill or luck involved in picking the right players. People are always looked at as dumb or a genius depending on how the players they picked pan out but there's a lot of luck involved.

    As for the Top 6, why just do a Top 6? It should've been top 10 to include Pierce. You can't have a Celtics top draft pick list without the Celtics captain of the last 10 years and NBA Finals MVP.

  3. JR says:

    Yeah a top 10 would have made sense. Sometime people can be lazy I guess. lol. And where's Marcus banks on this list? ;)

    Draft night is one of my favorite nights of the year.

  4. Jenda says:

    Good to see Jiri Welsch involved in something that went great for Celtics. lol

  5. JR says:

    Haha Jenda. And where was Jiri from again? lol.

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