7 Best undrafted talents to play for the Boston Celtics

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2. Carl Braun

Braun is a second undrafted Hall of Famer for the Celtics. The 6’5 guard went unselected out of Colgate in the 1947 BAA Draft, despite 78 players being taken. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and was playing minor league baseball as he averaged 14 points per game for the Knicks and was named second-team All-NBA.

He decided to focus solely on basketball before his third season, but he had to serve two years in the military following that campaign. It did little to stop Braun. He was one of the league’s best point guards in the 1950s, including making five All-Star appearances and two All-NBA teams.

Braun started to slow down in 1960, and he was waived by the Knicks after the 1961 season. It was the Boston Celtics that gave the 34-year-old a final shot. They were three-time defending champions at that point, and the 6’4 guard desperately wanted a ring.

Carl Braun barely played, but the Celtics won the title in 1962. He retired after the victory and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019, which was sadly nine years after his death. Braun had a short stint in Beantown, but he was a part of their eight straight titles from 1959 to 1966.