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The last time the Celtics traded down from No. 1 to No. 3, it worked out great

The 1980 trade brought Hall of Famers Robert Parish (left) and Kevin McHale (right) to Boston.Stephan Savoia/Associated Press/File 1991

The Celtics have been here before.

News that the Celtics have an agreement to deal the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick this year plus others brought back memories of a similar move they made in 1980 that turned out quite well.

That year, the Warriors traded Robert Parish and the No. 3 pick to Boston acquire the No. 1 pick in the 1980 draft. Golden State selected center Joe Barry Carroll.

The Celtics took Kevin McHale with the third pick, and he became part of the foundation for three championship teams en route to a 13-year Hall of Fame career. The move added McHale and Parish to a frontcourt that already featured Larry Bird and Cedric Maxwell, and the Celtics won the NBA Championship following the 1980-81 season.


Carroll played for five teams in his 10-year career, averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Guard Darrell Griffith was selected by the Jazz at No. 2 and averaged more than 20 points per game in four of his first five seasons before injuries took their toll. After missing the entire 1985-86 season, he returned to play five more years.

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