On this day: Vincent, Lewis drafted; Horford/Walker/Brown trade; Spector passes

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On this day in Boston Celtics history, the team took two players of note in the 1985 NBA draft that was held in the Felt Forum, New York City, New York. for their first selection of the draft, the Celtics first took 6-foot-2, 185 lb. point guard Samuel Vincent out of Michigan State with the 20th overall pick of the draft.

A product of Lansing Michigan, Vincent would play for two seasons for Boston between 1985 and 1987, winning a championship with the Celtics in 1986 as a reserve guard. The former Spartan averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game per 7.8 minutes of play per game over the two seasons he was with the team.

Vincent left Boston when he was dealt with Scott Wedman to the Seattle SuperSonics for draft considerations in 1987.

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The Celtics also took 6-foot-6 shooting guard Ralph Lewis out of La Salle University with the 139th pick of the draft (there were many more rounds in that era).

Lewis would play in the Continental Basketball Association and United States Basketball League after his selection but ended up signing with the Detroit Pistons instead.

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It is also the anniversary of the trade that sent point guard Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder to bring old friend Al Horford back to the Celtics for the second stint of his career, along with big man Moses Brown.

Brown of course was not long for the team, traded away in another deal that offseason for Josh Richardson, but the deal has been widely credited with helping propel the Celtics to the 2022 NBA Finals the following season.

Finally, it is also the day that we lost Art Spector in 1987. A product of his hometown Villanova, the Philadelphia native was a member of the inaugural roster of the team in their first season of play in the then-Basketball Association of America (BAA — a predecessor league of the NBA).

Spector was an early Celtics stalwart, playing 169 games over four seasons that often saw careers end twice over that length in the early days of the league.

He averaged 5.0 points per game over that stretch — rest in peace.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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