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Celtics draft Kentucky swingman James Young with 17th pick after taking G Marcus Smart

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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics have selected guard-forward James Young from Kentucky with the 17th pick of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound swingman was the Celtics' second pick in the first round. They chose guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State with the sixth pick.

Boston obtained the 17th pick in a blockbuster deal in July with Brooklyn. The Nets also sent their first-round picks in 2016 and 2018 to the Celtics.

As a freshman last season, the 18-year-old Young was second on Kentucky with 14.3 points per game. He hit 40.7 per cent of his shots and 34.9 per cent from 3-point range. He led Kentucky with 20 points and seven rebounds in the team's loss to Connecticut in the NCAA championship game.

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