The announcement of Jaylen Brown as the Celtics’ first draft selection prompted boos and heckles on the floor of the TD Garden Thursday night.
Owner Wyc Grousbeck even came out to try and explain the pick but was drowned out by the disappointed fans.
Then Danny Ainge, hours after completing the draft with five more selections, came out to explain himself and the organization and what they were thinking.
“So, there was a lot of discussion over the last couple of months with the No. 3 pick. And a lot of study and hard work by my staff. We had some, like I said, a lot of discussion and even trading that pick and trading down in the draft and trading for future picks and so forth. Ultimately, there wasn’t anything to our liking.
“We grew very fond of Jaylen. He’s a great kid; 19 years old who has a man’s body, great athleticism, sort of a vogue new type of player in the NBA, of the versatile player, the versatile wings, can play multiple positions, defensively. And we think he has a lot of upside but we think he’s a 19-year-old kid that can get on the court and play with the big boys right out of the gate.”
“No, it was a tough choice,” Ainge added. “There was a lot of good players, lot of good players at (No.) 3. So that was never really done completely. There’s a lot of different views, internally, and we went back-and-forth many many times. But everybody unanimously really liked Brown as well, there was other guys as well.”
The biggest concern is Brown’s shooting touch at Cal in his only season there as a 19-year-old. The 6-foot-7 projected wing shot only 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
“He had two workouts with us and he showed us that he’s a much better shooter than that,” Ainge said. “He shot 38 percent, I think, in the high school leagues, with the same amount of shots the year before. There’s a lot of good shooters that have had bad shooting years and bad freshman years, particularly. We’re not too concerned about that. We feel like he has a chance to be a good shooter. But he wasn’t this year.”
After trading away their first two second-round picks for a lottery protected pick in 2019, the Celtics did end up making three second round selections.
With the 45th pick, they picked Demetrius Jackson, a point-guard from Notre Dame. Last year Jackson averaged 15.8 points and 4.7 assists per game for the Irish. Jackson was projected to be a first-round pick, so this could be considered a good value pick for the Celtics, but it will be difficult for Jackson to earn playing time on a roster that already features Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier at the point guard position.
At 51, the C’s went with Ben Bentil, a 6’8” stretch forward from Providence. Bentil averaged 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds last year as a junior. Bentil is a decent scorer, both from the outside and attacking the basket, but struggles as a rebounder and a defender.
With the 58th and final pick, the Celtics drafted Abdel Nader, a senior forward from Iowa State. It has been reported that Nader has agreed to play for the Maine Red Claws next year.
As first reported by ESPN, the Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies for the Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick in 2019, which the Grizzlies owned. The 2019 pick is lottery protected and will only convey if it falls between 15 and 30.
As first reported by ESPN, the Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies for the Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick in 2019, which the Grizzlies owned. The 2019 pick is lottery protected and will only convey if it falls between 15 and 30. The pick is also lottery protected in 2020 and will turn into a second-round pick in 2022 if it is not conveyed by then.
Celtics Traded 31 and 35 for future Clipper first 2019, source told ESPN. Memphis owned clipper pick.
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Mut and Kirk Minihane are talking about the Celtics draft before they pick Jaylen Brown with the number three pick, and they then react to the pick as well as Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck's comments about no team being close to competitive with a trade offer for the Celtics.