Found June 26, 2013 on Celtics Spot:
The 2010 NBA Draft class was kind of confusing to assess. Experts didn't know whether to consider it deep or shallow due to the fact that after the lottery there wasn't too much to pick from. Because of that Danny Ainge wasn't exactly sitting pretty with the number 19 overall pick but at the same time it was a decent selection to possess. Besides, any first round pick was better than the selection he had the previous year. In 2009 Ainge only had the 58th overall at his disposal but in 2010 he found himself back among those who would be choosing a player in the opening round. Draft: 2010 Picks: (1)19, (2)52 (1)19. Avery Bradley, PG/SG Texas With the 19th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft the Boston Celtics selected Avery Bradely, an athletic and fiery guard from the University of Texas.  Going into college Bradley was ranked as the Number 1 recruit by ESPN's annual Recruiting Database in which the top high school basketball players are ranked 1 through 100. Although he received multiple scholarship offers, Bradley opted to become a Longhorn, signing with Texas shortly after his senior year of high school. It was there where he would he would take the highly anticipated next step in his basketball career. However, to the dismay of many, Bradley didn't exactly burst onto the scene the way the majority of experts expected him to.  During his freshman season at Texas, 2009-10, AB was instantly inserted into the starting line-up. He appeared in 34 games for the Longhorns that year, averaging 11.6 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in nearly 30 minutes per game. Not exactly eye popping numbers for the top ranked recruit. Bradley's efficiency, or lack there of, also left a lot to be desired. He converted on just 43% of his field goals, 38% of his treys, and a nauseating 55% of his free throws.  Following his disappointing freshman year Bradley declared for the NBA Draft. Originally, he was considered to be a lottery pick but when teams found out that he couldn't participate in workouts due to injury they ran the other way. But that was good news for the Celtics because it allowed them to nab him at 19, adding an off guard that could potentially complement the up-and-coming Rajon Rondo.  (2)52. Luke Harangody, SF/PF Notre Dame Having Luke Harangody fall to him this late in the second round must have seemed like a gift from God to Danny Ainge and, of course, Danny being Danny decided to take a risk on him. It turns out that Harangody was exactly what I just labeled him, a risk. However, he was one of those high-risk, high-reward players and his career at Notre Dame showed that. Throughout his four years in school Luke averaged 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game. He was extremely consistent around the rim and he never converted on less than 45% of his shots in each of his four seasons. As a result of his hard play, he earned three All-American Team nods, three All-Big East selections, and one Big East Conference Player of the Year award. Harangody had been one of the best college basketball players in the country during his four years at ND and franchises were aware of that. But they were also aware that he was a 6'8 "tweener" who didn't have the ability to consistently knock down the three point shot. His style of play in college just didn't seem like it would transfer over to the pros, especially since he was undersized. And guess what? It didn't.  Summary Danny Ainge did okay for himself in the 2010 draft but at the same time it was nothing to write home about. Sure, there's no denying Avery Bradley's skills as a perimeter defender but he's also been slightly injury prone and inconsistent with his jumpshot since entering the NBA. There's no doubt in my mind that Bradley has what it takes to be the starting shooting guard for the Celtics for a long time but in order to maintain his spot as a starter he's going to have to continue to develop his jumper. AB's best year, to date, has easily been 2011-12 when he knocked down 50% of his field goals and 40% of his looks from long distance. I'd like to see that Avery Bradley for the next handful of years. As for Luke Harangody, he was a complete bust and it's too bad that's the way things went for him. I'd be hard pressed to find someone that worked harder than him in college. Every night Luke brought an unmatched tenacity that led to big time performances. But like many "tweeners" before him he has fallen through the cracks. Harangody is currently dominating the competition in the D-League but until he develops a three point jump shot he'll be stuck there.  The selection of Bradley was an excellent one. He's had his fair share of ups and downs but he only has three years of NBA experience under his belt. He still has plenty of room to develop and grow. After all, there was a reason he was the number one college recruit in 2009. I think AB has a ton of untapped potential that, when realized, will make Ainge look really good. Unfortunately, Luke Harangody taints this draft for Danny. Ainge had good intentions with the pick and, to me, Harangody was a risk worth taking but the sometimes good nature of Danny Ainge isn't enough to erase the bust from memory.  Grade: C Follow @TimMacLean_
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