BOSTON (CBS) — There were no blockbuster trades for the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Instead, much to the chagrin of C’s fans, the Celtics used all three of their first-round picks at the 2016 NBA Draft.
With eight total selections, it was a long night for the Boston basketball team. And it’s very likely that after an underwhelming start, you may have stepped away before the second-round rolled around.
So here’s a complete recap of what the Celtics did at the 2016 NBA Draft:
The 6-foot-7 Brown is a promising athlete who can attack the basket and defend multiple positions, but he struggles with his shot and will have some high expectations to live up to after being selected so high.
But it sounds like he’s more than up to that challenge:
Brown averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in his only season at Cal.
Follow Brown on Twitter: @FCHWPO
The 6-foot-8 Yabusele could develop into a solid stretch four in the NBA. He hit 42 percent of his three-point attempts for Rouen of the French League, and will likely play another season or two in France before making his way to the Boston roster.
23rd Pick: Celtics draft Croatian center Ante Zizic
Zizic could develop into a very good defender in the future, though he’ll head overseas for a little more work. He reportedly has a mean streak, and his 7-foot-4 wingspan lets him have his way in the paint.
He’s also apparently an entrepreneur who started a beach chair company, so if the NBA thing doesn’t work out in Boston he may be able to expand his sales to the Cape.
31st Pick, 35th Pick: Traded to Memphis Grizzlies for L.A. Clippers 2019 1st-round pick
The C’s drafted Deyonta Davis (31st) and Rade Zagorac (35th) before shipping them to Memphis for a future selection. Another move made for the future.
45th Pick: Celtics draft Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson
Jackson was projected to be a late-first rounder after averaging 11.7 points per game on 52 percent shooting in his three years at Notre Dame. He had a breakout junior season, averaging 15.8 points 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds to help lead the Irish to their second straight Elite Eight.
The 6-foot-1 guard hit some big shots for Notre Dame, but will have to compete for a spot in a crowded Boston backcourt.
You can read more about Jackson’s life as an NBA Draft prospect here.
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51st Pick: Celtics draft Providence forward Ben Bentil
The 6-foot-8 Bentil is very good stretch-four with a lot of offensive upside after averaging 21.1 points per game for the Friars last season. He struggles on the boards and on defense, but the pick could be a steal for Boston if Bentil can improve his overall game. He’ll get a chance to compete for a roster spot with Yabusele and Zizic heading overseas.
Follow Bentil on Twitter: @benbentil
58th Pick: Celtics draft Iowa State forward Abdel Nader
Nader is a 6-foot-6 wing player who can go to the basket, but struggled with his shot. He averaged 10.3 points per game over his college career, which started at Northern Illinois before he left for Iowa State.
Follow Nader on Twitter: @AbdelNader2