BOSTON — The Celtics have ended the mystery and anticipation surrounding the No. 3 pick, selecting California small forward Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The 19-year-old averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.o assists per game during his lone season at Cal as a freshman and is touted as one of the most athletic players in the draft.
Brown shot 43 percent from the field but struggled with his outside shot, hitting just 29 percent of his 3-pointers. But according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is very high on his No. 3 overall pick.
Goodman also reported the Celtics tried very hard to trade the No. 3 pick but were unable to find a willing partner.
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