NBA Draft Recap

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dragan Bender (Phoenix), Kris Dunn (Minnesota) and Buddy Hield (New Orleans), Jamal Murray (Denver) were all selected following Boston.

You can see all draft selection results here.

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