By Christopher Frangolini
This story will be updated minute-by-minute as trades and draft selections come in.
With no surprise, the Philadelphia 76ers (first) and Los Angeles Lakers (second) drafted Ben Simmons (LSU) and Brandon Ingram (Duke), respectively, Thursday night at the NBA Draft.
The real fun and unexpected portion of the draft began with pick number three, the Boston Celtics.
— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) June 23, 2016
Boston, who owned eight of the 60 draft selections, had heavy links to Dragan Bender (Croatia) and Kris Dunn (Providence) and were engaged in trade talks with Chicago and Philadelphia leading up to the selection.
Sources: Boston is engaged with the Bulls and Sixers as Celtics inch closer to going on the clock at No. 3, league sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
The 76ers offered Nerlens Noel, who is from Everett, MA, and picks 24 and 26 to Boston for the number three pick. And Boston was interested in acquiring guard Jimmy Butler from Chicago, but were unable to reach terms on a deal.
ESPN sources say Philadelphia is offering Nerlens Noel, No. 24 and No. 26 in tonight’s draft and Robert Covington for Boston’s No. 3 pick
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
Instead, the Celtics stuck with the third pick and drafted 6-foot-7 forward Jaylen Brown from the University of California.
Brown, who spent only one season at Cal, averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, but only shot .431% from the field and had 3.1 turnovers per game, one of the worst in college basketball.
Prior to the start of the draft, I asked followers of Beantown Blitz who the Celtics should draft at three or if they should trade the pick.
With nearly 50 responses in under an hour, the majority (50%) of Celtics fans believed they should have traded the pick.
Who should the Celtics draft with the third pick?
— Bigfrang (@bigfrang) June 23, 2016
Dragan Bender (Phoenix), Kris Dunn (Minnesota) and Buddy Hield (New Orleans), Jamal Murray (Denver) were all selected following Boston.