As an unapologetic Celtic fan, I have bought into the myth that Ainge is one of the league’s shrewdest drafters. And, while he has uncovered many a gem—particularly late in the draft—his record is more mixed than most Boston fans care to admit.
When assessing each draft, I took a quantitative initial approach and looked at each drafted player’s average annual “Win Shares (Bill James)” over the course of his career. I did not factor in team positional needs or relative luck with the injury bug, so this analysis is by no means perfect. Rather, it is an attempt to estimate the value—determined by the career contributions of each player—that each general manager gets out of his draft picks' given draft position.
With that disclaimer out of the way, a look at Danny Ainge’s draft history, year by year: