#3 Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown

With the third overall pick in the draft, the Boston Celtics selected Jaylen Brown.

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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.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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