The Big Three
In a pair of blockbuster deals, general manager Danny Ainge assembled an elite trio to lead the 2007-08 Boston Celtics. Ainge first acquired Seattle SuperSonics sharpshooter Ray Allen with a draft night deal, and then procured 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two star acquisitions combined with long-time Celtic Paul Pierce to spark the largest one-year improvement in NBA history, finishing the 2007-08 season 66-16, 42 games better than the prior season's Celtics. The Big Three capped off the season with a championship and made another NBA Finals appearance in 2010.