Ranking The 30 Best NBA Players Of The ’80s

30. Danny Ainge

Ainge was the proverbial head of the snake for the Boston dynasty. The Oregon native wasn’t an overly impressive physical specimen. He never put up huge statistical totals — nor was Ainge ever mixed up for the likes of Isiah Thomas. With all of that said, he still held an immense amount of significance towards his teams. Ainge competed like hell — and always was willing to do the dirty work out on the floor. Routintely, the point guard would get under the opposition’s skin. This aspect somewhat aided in the overall mystique surround Ainge as a player. He made one All-Star appearance during his career (1988). However, his value truly came as a part of the Celtics’ journey in winning three titles.

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