Danny Ainge took over the reins of the Boston Celtics in 2003 and wasted little time working towards acquiring his future nickname, “Trader Danny”. In the draft of that same year Ainge drafted Boston College point guard Troy Bell with the 16th pick overall, and promptly traded Bell and Dahntay Jones to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marcus Banks and Kendrick Perkins (per MassLive’s Kevin Dillon):
The Celtics got the best player in their draft-day trade when they acquired Kendrick Perkins at pick No. 27. Of course, the Celtics were hoping Banks would be better than he was — he only started five games over three years with Boston. But Perkins spent eight seasons with Boston, serving a key role on its championship team. Brandon Hunter spent two seasons in the league, but never was a major contributor to the Celtics.
The 2003 draft may be one of the most-productive of any to date. It yielded Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. It also produced one of the biggest draft flops in League history, when the Detroit Pistons chose Darko Milicic second-overall, with Melo, Bosh and Wade were still on the board.
Boston College retired the jersey of Eagles’ All-American Troy Bell on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in conjunction with BC’s game versus Virginia Tech. As a collegian Bell was a 2-time Big East Player-of-the-Year, 2-time Consensus Second Team All-American and 3-time First Team All-Big East (per Athletic Communications, Boston College):
A two-time consensus All-American in 2001 and 2003, (Troy) Bell finished his four-year career at Boston College as the program’s all-time leading scorer, with 2,632 points. During that span, from 1999-2003, Bell was the top scorer in all of college basketball, at 21.6 points per game.Troy later went on to play for seven different teams in the EuroLeague and other locations around the globe.
The Big East Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000, Bell was also one of only six players to earn Big East Player of the Year honors twice. The Minneapolis, Minn. native was the league’s top player as a sophomore in 2000-01 and senior in 2002-03 and was a three-time First Team All-Big East selection from 2000-03.
Bell has left the world of basketball for a career as a music producer. We wish him the quantity and quality of production we witnessed watching him on the hardwood.
My wife Linda and I, accompanied by my great grandson, Carson Thomas Lane, whose mom passed away in November, were hosted at the BC-Virginia Tech game and Troy’s jersey retirement ceremony due to the graciousness of Boston College Sports Properties’ Michael Winn and the BC Eagles. Carson got a hug from BC’s eagle mascot – took temporary custody of the game ball – and BC won the game. All was well at Boston College.
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