Celtics take scorer Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

Celtics take scorer Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

· According to many analysts, the Celtics got great value in the SMU product. Gordon Hayward is also a big possibility here as an acquisition.

In terms of blockbuster moves that did end up taking place around the National Basketball Association, the Chicago Bulls dealt All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ainge has consistently taken the long view, priorotizing young assets at every turn, which is likely part of the reason he was reportedly engaged in trade talks for Kristaps Porzingis. The Celtics expect to see Markelle Fultz in that game.

Jayson Tatum worked out for the 76ers, after all.

This marked the fourth straight year Duke has produced a top-3 pick, following Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor ('15) and Brandon Ingram ('16).

"So there was something that he didn't want to play for the Celtics". Other players who have been mentioned as possible picks for San Antonio are Jawun Evans, Terrance Ferguson, Isaiah Hartenstein, Jordan Bell and Frank Jackson. Ainge didn't seem to be bothered with Jackson's disinterest with the Celtics, but the team's president of basketball operations wasn't too thrilled with flying across the country for nothing.

"You guys all know my history with the Celtics and the respect I have for Danny Ainge and the organization", McDonough said. If he reaches his ceiling, Ojeleye can be a power forward who can stretch the floor and get buckets while crashing the glass on both ends. After trading out of the No. 1 pick, experts thought that Boston was looking at Kansas forward Josh Jackson.

It was always going to be Tatum.

Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they're nearly certain to go in the top five overall picks. That idea was backed up in yesterday's press conference. We just felt like we were taking the player that we wanted.

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In a draft where the Celtics weren't in love with one specific player, it begs the question: Did the Celtics take Tatum because they liked him best as a player or as a person?

"Celtics fans are the best fans in the world".

After his NBA Combine workout, Mika said: "I don't think they (coaches) really cared how much the ball goes into the net because they're paying someone else 100 million dollars to do that". He also needs to further develop his outside shot after shooting about 35 percent on 3s at FSU.

Coach Brad Stevens was measured with his praise for Brown this past season and has at times been his harshest critic. And reports are swirling that a George trade may happen in July when free agency gets underway.

For some people, the difference between Fultz and Tatum is negligible, so you could argue that move was as big a gamble for the Sixers as it was for Boston. It's kind of like the "Patriot Way" - only greener. "That's a good thing". He's been known to talk to high school guidance counselors to better get a feel for someone's character. They care a lot about how physical you are, how you rebound, how you run, how you're feet are when you are shooting.

What will Tatum bring to the Celtics?

But for now, the Celtics are happy with their guy. Three of them are second rounders whom Boston realistically doesn't have the roster space for.