Throughout the years, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge has swung many trades. There have been a few instances where he’s acquired someone and they only lasted a handful of games. Not every player sticks a full 82 games on one team’s roster. Let’s take a look at five players that you forgot suited up in the iconic white & green.
Tayshaun Prince is a very recognizable name. He is a 2003-04 NBA champion and 4x All Defensive Team award winner. Prince lasted 10 full seasons with the Detriot Pistons, before being traded to Memphis in 2012-13. Half-way through the 2014-15 season, the vetern forward was shipped up to Boston in a three team trade. You may not remember the stingy veteran suiting up for the C’s as it was for a meager nine games. Prince was decently effective in those nine games, averaging 8 ppg. Just before that year’s trade deadline, Danny Ainge would send Tayshaun back home to Detriot, in exchange for Celtics icon: Jonas Jerebko.
Yes, this is the same Jameer Nelson that was an All-Star for Orlando, and yes he played six games for your Boston Celtics in 2014-15. Nelson came to Boston in the trade that sent Rajan Rondo to Dallas. I personally forgot Nelson was even in that trade, as most reports focused on the draft pick acquisition and Jae Crowder (greatest player to wear #99 since Wayne Gretsky). Nelson’s best years were far behind him at the point of this acquisition, and he only stuck for six whole NBA basketball contests, before Danny “the trader” Ainge flipped him for the electric Nate Robinson (who was waived before he could ever re-join his former team). Jameer didn’t do much in those six games with Boston, averaging just over 4 points and 2 assists per contest. Nelson would last three more seasons in the NBA after his very brief stint in Boston.
That’s the best Troy Murphy Celtics pic you’re all gonna get for this blog. Murphy was a solid player who played in 729 National Basketball Association games. Murphy only spent 17 games with the Celtics during the 2010-11 season. At this point, he was 30 years old and didn’t have a ton left in the tank. A former first round draft choice, Murphy had a very solid NBA career, but never carved out much of a role on that loaded 2010-11 roster, after latching on as a veteran buyout.
He did appear in a playoff game during the first round against the New York Knicks that year. You probably don’t remember Murphy as by the time he checked into most of his contests, KG and the boys had already solidified a win. It’s a shame Murphy never found his stroke off the bench as he would’ve made a nice 3 point option. Instead, he played a meager 17 games and then took his talents to LA the next season.
If you payed enough attention to the beginning of the 2015-16 Celtics season, you would have seen David Lee start four games, and appear in 30 total for Boston. Many casual Celtics fans may not remember Lee playing for the C’s as his stint did only last 30 games in which he averaged 7 ppg over 16 mpg. Lee came to Boston in a deal that sent Gerald Wallace to the Golden State Warriors.
I liked David Lee a decent amount, and was rather excited that he was brought over to Boston. He was 32 years old at the time, so my expectations weren’t sky high. I was hoping for some production, maybe 10 ppg and 5 rebounds a game, but instead we got 7/3 and then the classic ESPN alert “David Lee has been waived by Boston”. Not every former All-Star can have a memorable stint with Boston.
I get it. Some of you might be asking, “who is Joel Anthony“. Well, let me tell you. Joel Anthony is the center that would be auto drafted to your 2k team if you skipped round 12 in 2k13. Anthony arrived in Boston in a three team trade that sent away Jordan Crawford. Anthony enjoyed his time in Boston so much, that he decided to pick up his $3.8 million player option for the 2014-15 season (no one would give him more than that in the open market, shout-out Pat Riley for that gem of an option). Danny Ainge, obviously excited to have Anthony back after he averaged one point per game over 21 games 2013-14, traded Anthony for Wil Bynum soon after.
All jokes aside, Anthony did manage to stick around for 10 seasons in the NBA, and was a decent bench for the Heat during the early part of his career. His stay in Boston consisted of him hanging on the end of the bench for most of the season.