Last season the Celtics finished with the second worst record in the league going 24-58, losing 34 more games than they won. One major factor contributing to the Celtics horrible season was the injury status of #34, the Celtics all-star guard Paul Pierce. Without their superstar the Celtics couldn't get into a rhythm the entire season and they appeared destined to get one of the top picks in the upcoming draft. After some unfortunate ping pong bounces the Celtics ended up with the 5th overall pick in the draft, missing out on two phenomenal players in Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
Through all the disappointment Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, managed to pull off some draft day magic by arranging a trade for another #34, Seattle Supersoncis guard Ray Allen. Allen is one of the premier shooters in the league, scoring a career-best 26.4 PPG last season, sixth best in the NBA. The Celtics also added another #34 when they drafted Trojan point guard Gabe Pruitt with their second pick in the second round. Pruitt is a very gifted athlete who plays tough defense and has a very smooth jump shot with NBA 3-point range.
With a healthy Paul Pierce, the continued improvement of Al Jefferson and Gerald Green, and the addition of Ray Allen and Gabe Pruitt should give the Celtics the necessary personnel to compete in the Eastern Conference and make a run in the 2008 Playoffs.
USC Sports Talk wishes Gabe Pruitt the best of luck in his NBA Career.