Lewis was selected with the No. 22 pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1987 NBA draft. At the time, he was expected to be a contributor off the bench for a Celtics team still in the midst of its glory days — with the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in the starting lineup. Lewis only appeared in 49 games during his 1987-88 rookie season, averaging 4.5 points in 8.3 minutes per game, but his time would soon come.
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