Celtics

Selling early on the Nets pick was smart gamble for Celtics

(Mark L Beer/USA Today Sports)

Until this summer, Danny Ainge stayed the course with the treasure chest of draft picks that he has slowly but surely assembled over the last five years. The president of basketball operations used all four of his acquired picks in 2015, six(!) of a possible eight in 2016 and all four again in 2017 (trading down to No. 3 overall with the No. 1 selection).

The crown jewel of that stash of picks has always been the assortment of Nets first rounders picked up in the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce deal. Up until this summer, the Celtics have remained patient with those specific selections, using all three in some form, including picking up a bonus first round selection for the Nets pick in 2017, while still getting the guy they wanted all along in Jayson Tatum at No. 3.

Ainge flipped from the script on that strategy in August though,