The Boston Celtics typically have drafted well under GM Danny Ainge, but the 2005 NBA Draft was one that left fans wanting more. The team had the 18th overall selection and saw high school guard Gerald Green fall to their selection. It was a no brainer pick as he was rumored to go as high as the third overall pick a week earlier to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Celtics pounced on Green, and at the time it looked like a tremendous selection. Fast forward to now and he has been an absolute bust. He even left the league for a little bit before returning with his notable stop playing for the then New Jersey Nets. He signed a nice contract this past offseason with the Indiana Pacers, but predictably, he has been a bust for them as well. Fortunately for the Celtics, they did not pass on many other talented players as the only guy picked later to have established anything close to an All Star career is Golden State Warriors forward David Lee, who has been a much better pro than college player.
The one thing Ainge did well in this draft was picking Ryan Gomes out of Providence in the second round. When you pick in the second round, you look for guys who can fill a role off your team’s bench. That’s exactly what Gomes has done in his career. He will never be confused with an All Star player, but he has carved out a nice niche as a solid option off the bench.
The 2005 NBA Draft was one the Celtics might want to have a do-over.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18