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After kicking around with the now-disbanded Anaheim Arsenal last season (to the tune of 17.6 points per game), Kedrick Brown (NBADL Profile) may now find himself on the “fast” track to the Celtics once again. In an NBA Developmental League expansion draft a few days ago, the Maine Red Claws (the new Celtics NBADL affiliate) selected Kedrick Brown with their sixth pick from a pool of 25 players whose rights were held by Anaheim and Colorado (which also folded).
Now, Brown (who is somehow still only 27 years old), is one step from joining the Celtics NBA roster, assuming of course the C’s get shredded by injuries. The team drafted Brown with the 11th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft (one pick after taking Joe Johnson) out of Okaloosa-Walton Community College. In case you were wondering, Brown is the only player from that college to ever play in the NBA/ABA, never mind the fact he was actually drafted with the 11th pick in the first round!
He didn’t to much in his Celtics career, and was soon shipped out of town upon the arrival of Danny Ainge. In one of Ainge’s initial big moves, he traded Brown, Tony Battie, and Eric Williams to Cavs for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a 2nd round pick (that became Ryan Gomes). The trade ripped apart the Celtics core in the Jim O’Brien era, but Ainge felt that the roster as constituted was not good enough to compete. Brown, by that point, was an afterthought and merely a throw-in in the deal.
Overall, Brown was mediocre in his four seasons in the NBA, averaging 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds. He’s a good businessman, however. Despite four crappy NBA seasons, Brown racked up over $7.2 million in his career. Putting his earnings aside, Brown remains one of the biggest draft busts in Celtics history.
In case you were wondering, here’s a full list of players taken by the Red Claws: