NBA Draft 2016: Ben Bentil Pick Highlights Celtics’ Solid Second Round

by NESN Staff

June 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Celtics didn’t quite live up to expectations with their actions in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. But Boston’s work didn’t end there, as they responded with a few quality selections in the second round.

The Celtics had five picks in the second round and reportedly will keep three of them after trading the No. 31 and No. 35 overall selections to the Memphis Grizzlies for the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2019 first-round pick.

Here’s who the C’s selected with each pick:

No. 3: Jaylen Brown, Forward, California
No. 16: Guerschon Yabusele, Forward, France
No. 23: Ante Zizic, Forward, Croatia

No. 31: Deyonta Davis, Forward, Michigan State (reportedly traded to Memphis)
No. 35: Rade Zagorac, Forward, Serbia (reportedly traded to Memphis)
No. 45: Demetrius Jackson, Guard, Notre Dame
No. 51: Ben Bentil, Forward, Providence
No. 58: Abdel Nader, Forward, Iowa State

Jackson, 21, averaged 15.8 points and 4.7 assists per game as a junior for Notre Dame this season and was the Fighting Irish’s leading scorer.

Bentil, a 21-year-old power forward originally from Ghana, had a breakout sophomore season for Providence, averaging a team-high 21.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds.

Nader, 22, was born in Egypt and transferred to Iowa State from Northern Illinois after his sophomore year. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Cyclones last season.

Thumbnail photo via Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Images

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