Bob Cousy was one of Auerbach's first of many draft pick coups
Tough to totally pin this on Doc Rivers although Doc surely has some input on who gets picked by the Celtics.
When Red Auerbach was first made Celtics head coach he had plenty of say regarding who the Celtics selected. It's noteworthy then that Red's first draft netted point guard Bob Cousy in 1950.
As the years progressed, the Celtics would make numerous other key selections. Names such as Bill Russell, Sam Jones, John Havlicek and eventually Larry Bird were all selections made by Red at various points in his career as coach, general manager or president.
The Celtics of recent years haven't really taken advantage of the draft. Yes, they've had some low picks due to some recent winning seasons. Even before that the Celtics of the past decade were not exactly a story of draft day success.
In the 2004 draft, the Celtics selected Al Jefferson, Delonte West and Tony Allen. All three players currently are regular NBA players of varying effectiveness. None are Hall of Famers, but all would be considered decent selections. Since then? That's a different story.
2005: Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Orien Greene,
2006: Randy Foye ( yes he played a fair amount in Los Angeles last season but it was mainly because of injuries)
2007: Jeff Green, Gabe Pruitt—Green was a key part of the trade that brought Ray Allen to Boston and now he's back in Boston as hopefully a key component of next season's team.
2008: J.R. Giddens, Semih Erden
2009: Lester Hudson
2010: Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody
2011: MarShon Brooks, E'Twaun Moore
Not exactly a great track record. There are other ways to improve and build teams, but good draft picks sure make things a lot easier.