With the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected forward Jaylen Brown.
It’s been no secret that the first two picks would be used on Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. However, it was not clear what the Celtics would do with the third overall pick, especially since the Boston has been one of the most active teams in trade talks. Reports surfaced that the Celtics were in advance trade talks with the Chicago Bulls to acquire swingman Jimmy Butler, but not deal materialized and the Celtics instead selected Jaylen Brown out of the University of California Berkley.
Brown, a 6’7 forward, averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and two steals per game in his one season of college ball. Brown’s stats won’t blow you away (especially his 29.4 percent mark from three-point range), however, he does have good physical tools for the small forward position and may have the capability of playing small-ball four in specific matchups.
Brown has a lot of potential, but he will need to work on his shooting mechanics and ball-handling. However, Brown is regarded as an intelligent, physical player with strong defensive abilities, so he may fit right in under Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
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