In recent years, the Celtics have had their finger prints all over the All-Defensive team. Of course a lot of that has been courtesy of Kevin Garnett, who has been either first or second team defense in four of his six seasons with Boston.
But a lot of the selections have come from guards drafted during Danny Ainge's tenure. Rajon Rondo (a 2006 Ainge draft selection) has been All-Defense four times in seven pro seasons, Tony Allen (2004 draft) just earned his third consecutive selection, and Avery Bradley (2010 draft) picked up his first All-Defensive team nod this season.
All three came out of college as somewhat raw talents, but Ainge and the Celtics saw the same thing in all of them — the ability to be great defenders.
The Boston Herald caught up with Ainge on his way to this year's draft combine, and he talked about the C's success in drafting defensive aces.
“Tony and Avery were both basically made that way,” Ainge said. “We fell in love with both of them because of the...