• Celtics select Langford, Williams, Edwards, Waters, deal Baynes during NBA Draft

    By: Tom Leyden


    BROOKLYN - The Boston Celtics didn't make a trade prior to their first selection of the night and picked Romeo Langford from Indiana University at #14 overall. 

    Langford, a 6'6", 202 lb. 19-year-old from New Albany, Indiana, played one season in Bloomington, where he averaged 16.5 points per game. He tore a ligament in the thumb on his shooting hand in November and played through the injury. 

    Originally scheduled to select at #20, the Celtics worked a deal with Philadelphia that landed Boston the 24th and 33rd picks in the 2019 Draft. Philadelphia chose Matisse Thybulle from the University of Washington with the selection acquired from the Celtics. 

    With the 22nd pick in the first round, the Celtics selected Grant Williams from the University of Tennessee. Williams is a 6'7", 236 lb. forward who averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

    The Celtics traded the 24th pick to the Suns, receiving a top seven-protected first-round pick in 2020 in return. Phoenix selected Ty Jerome from the University of Virginia.   

    it was reported that Aron Baynes was traded to the Suns while Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was addressing the media about the first-round picks. 

    "I think you guys all know how I feel," said Stevens. "I think I'll answer that when it's all appropriate to. I don't want to make any statements that would be considered an insinuation. I think you guys all know how I feel about Aron." 

    With the 33rd overall pick, their first in the second round, the Celtics selected point guard Carsen Edwards from Purdue, who averaged 24 points per game during the regular season and 34 points per game during the NCAA Tournament. 

    Edwards, 6'1" and 200 lbs, played three years at Purdue. 

    With their final selection of the night at #51 in the second round, the Celtics picked LSU point guard Tremont Waters, who shot 34% from three-point range during his last two years in college. The 5'11", 172 pounder is widely hailed for his ball handling and will need time to develop physically.

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