NBA Draft Notes: Celtics, Dieng, International, Murphy, Sixers

Boston Celtics Draft (photo via USA Today Sports Images)

The Celtics’ season is over after the team lost to the Nets in the first round and with Brad Stevens becoming the team’s Head of Basketball Operations, it’s possible we some major moves from the team.

Regardless of direction, the NBA draft will still be among the avenues that Steven will be looking to help improve the team this offseason. Boston has the No. 16 pick in the upcoming draft, which is a spot they’ve selected at 10 times before, and as Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports notes, it’s the most common pick in franchise history.

Boston selected Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 draft. They nabbed Terry Rozier with the pick in 2015. Other selections include Lucas Nogueira (2013), Troy Bell (2003), Norman Cook (1976), Ron Bonham (1964), and Jack Foley (1962).

As Hartwell notes, the top selections at the No. 16 overall spot throughout history include John Stockton, Hedo Turkoglu, and Ron Artest.

More NBA Draft Notes

  • French prospect Ousmane Dieng will play for the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers in the Australian league’s Next Stars program, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The 6-foot-9 guard/forward is not the first major high-schooler to take his talents to Australia with LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey among the former draft prospects opting to go overseas.

  • Serbian forward/center Marko Pecarski and French point guard Matthieu Gauzin have declared for the 2021 draft, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype relays.

  • Ky Carlin of SixersWire examines what Philadelphia could do with the No. 28 overall pick in the NBA draft and finds Virginia’s Trey Murphy to be a potential fit. The 6-foot-9 wing shot 43.3 percent from behind the arc this past season.

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Chris Crouse
As a co-owner of FortyEightMinutes.com, Chris Crouse wears many hats, including editor and marketing director. He previously covered sports business at CNBC and he has covered the NBA for various publications, including SLAM Magazine and Hoops Rumors, in addition to working on the business side of media.

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