After losing to the Brooklyn Nets 123-109 on Wednesday Night ending their season, a lot of questions surround the Boston Celtics and what the team is going to do this off-season and Danny Ainge was the first domino to fall. On Wednesday Morning, Danny Ainge stepped down as President Of Basketball Operations and Brad Stevens will be taking his place. Ainge has been the President Of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics since 2003.
Since becoming the President Of Basketball Operations in 2003, Danny Ainge has led Boston 15 times. The team has made the playoffs for 7 consecutive seasons. Ainge brought Kevin Garrett and Ray Allen to Boston via trade forming the big 3 with Paul Pierce and leading Boston to the NBA Championship in 2008. Ainge also brought in Gordon Hayward via Free Agency in 2017. Hayward spent 3 seasons in Boston before signing with the Charlotte Hornets this past off-season.
Outside of Garrett and Allen, Ainge has drafted Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum and Brown have both made an impact in the NBA since joining the league. Ainge has also drafted Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, Grant Williams.
In 7 seasons as Head Coach, Brad Stevens has a regular-season record of 354-282 with a playoff record of 38-40. Outside of his first season in 2010, Stevens had led Boston to the playoffs every year. Under Stevens, Boston was in the Eastern Conference Finals 3 times but never making it to the NBA Finals.
Despite losing to the Brooklyn Nets in 5 games, the Boston Celtics have a roster that can make a run for the playoffs including Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart.
Photo Credit: John Tlumacki/ Boston Globe
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