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On this day: Hondo, Yabu, Swartz, Minor debut; Mikan born; Reed passes; Antoine Walker, Paul Silas trades

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Guerschon Yabusele made his debut on this date as well, playing his first game with Boston in a 102 – 92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017.

The Dancing Bear – as Yabusele is sometimes called – had a very modest 3 points and 1 board in just over 3 minutes of play.

He would be picked fifth overall in the 1948 Basketball Association of America Draft by the now-defunct Chicago Stags, for whom he would play two seasons.

(AP Photo/Paul E. Thomson)

Mikan would later play stints with a number of teams after the Stags folded before signing with the Celtics as a free agent in 1953.

Reed had played collegiately for Ole Miss, and was taken by the Celtics with the 40th pick of the 2004 NBA draft, playing in parts of two seasons for Boston before being dealt with Marcus Banks, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, and draft assets to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Dwayne Jones, Michael Olowokandi, Wally Szczerbiak and draft considerations.

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