Why the No. 3 overall pick could be good for Celtics
The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft to the 76ers for their third overall pick, and while this deal may have come as a surprise to most, the latest No. 3 overall picks have had successful careers in the league.
In 2016, the Celtics selected Jaylen Brown No. 3 overall. The 6-foot 7-inch forward from Cal played an important role the Celtics’ postseason success. In his rookie season, Brown averaged 17.2 minutes and 6.6 points, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. He often took on the role as the lockdown defender, especially in the season-ending series with the Cavaliers. Brown is expected to continue to make great strides as an NBA player with the Celtics during the summer.
In 2012, the 76ers selected Kansas’ Joel Embiid who averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this past season. The 76ers had the third pick once again in 2013 and selected Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, who averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds 22.7 minutes per game in the 2016-17 season.
Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors were all among the list of third overall picks in the NBA draft dating back to 2010.
Trading down for the third overall picked saves the Celtics money that could otherwise be put into a salary for a costly free agent deal, and it also allows the Celtics to acquire the 76ers first-round pick in 2018 or 2019.
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