Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick to select Markelle Fultz of Washington, who was one of the most electrifying freshmen in college basketball last season.

NEW YORK (AP) - Markelle Fultz is still expected to be the No. 1 pick, though the destination has changed. If that holds true, Tatum will give Duke top-three picks in four consecutive drafts following Jabari Parker (No. 2, Milwaukee, 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3, Philadelphia, 2015) and Brandon Ingram (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers, 2016).

Officially, Arizona's Lauri Markkanen was taken seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, making him the first Finnish lottery pick in NBA Draft history.

The Celtics, who traded the top pick to the Sixers and moved down to No. 3, went with the Duke guard, whose scoring ability fits what Boston needs.

Jackson will be unable to play in the Summer League because of the foot surgery, but Demps said he expects him to be ready for the start of training camp. A unique spectacle in and of itself, the draft not only determines the future for numerous players involved, but gives us unique insight into both the direction of franchises and the thought process of those running them. "I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there". The question now is, who will they choose?

Now, Tatum will join a Celtics team that is already a contender, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference this spring before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

Tatum said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately. "Definitely was, and now I'm just focused on playing", Lonzo Ball said. "That's what we talked about".

Top three cut at Erin Hills in first for US Open
Felt like I had a good feel for the speed of the greens today, hit a lot of good lag putts. "Three days down and so far so good". He just missed an eagle at the par-5 seventh after a long putt rolled just wide of the cup. "On Friday it was the opposite".

As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started. "I'm going to have some custom-made shoes that I think nobody ever had before". It seems as though the Lakers have a pretty solid plan in place with Magic Johnson at the helm, and Ball is a guy they have faith in to help restore glory to a proud franchise.

"High expectations eh?" Says Tatum smiling when they mention Paul Pierce. We can't believe the time has come already, but here we are: The NBA Draft 2017 date is finally here, and we can't contain our excitement!

A record 16 freshmen were selected in the opening round, three coming from Kentucky.

No splash, no fireworks, nothing other than what Danny Ainge has predicted since he traded down for the third pick in last night's National Basketball Association draft. No seniors were taken with the first 28 picks.

INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE: A year after almost half the draft - a record 27 of the 60 picks - were international players, French guard Frank Ntilikina and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, who played a year at Arizona, are two of the top international players.

Utah sent forward Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick (forward Tyler Lydon of Syracuse) to Denver for the No. 13 pick (Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell).

Dennis Smith -This would be an ideal selection for the New York Knicks as they need a player to come in and really do work with the ball in his hands.