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Celtics select Yam Madar at #47 in the second round

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Madar is expected to stay in Israel for a least one to two more years

Israel vs Argentinia 106:83 during Basketball Albert Schweitzer Turnier at GBG Halle, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 2018-04-02, Photo: Sven Mandel
Israel vs Argentinia 106:83 during Basketball Albert Schweitzer Turnier at GBG Halle, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 2018-04-02, Photo: Sven Mandel

The Boston Celtics have selected Israeli guard Yam Madar with the 47th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old lead guard is 6’2’’ and weighs 180 poounds. Madar has played professionally in Israel for Hapoel Tel Aviv for the last two seasons, as well as this current season.

In his two years at Israel’s highest level, Madar has proven to be a solid defender and a pass-first floor-leader on offense. He’s is a developing shooter, as he has only taken 130 three-pointers in his two-plus years as a professional.

It’s expected that Madar will stay overseas for at least the rest of this season, and possibly next as well. That made him ideal as a draft-and-stash prospect for the Celtics in the second round. Given the Celtics roster crunch, it was unlikely Danny Ainge would select four players in the draft for the 2020-21 roster. Ainge traded the 30th pick for two future second round picks, and used #47 on Madar as a draft-and-stash.