Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

But as of Thursday night, drafting the right player was perhaps the calmest task on Ainge's list.

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Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said the team would've picked Duke forward Jayson Tatum even before they traded down in the National Basketball Association draft from No. 1 to No. 3. One year later, Brendan officially took over the Morning Sports with Rob & Lisa, giving updates on Local High School Sports News Tuesdays through Fridays.

Tatum and the Celtics seem to have more familiarity, with the 6-foot-8 swingman believing he'd be a good fit on the roster of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Justin Jackson of North Carolina projects as a top-20 pick too, with some mock drafts pushing him to the Atlanta Hawks.

All signs point to Sacramento selecting Houston native De'Aaron Fox at No. 5.

Draft night maybe wasn't as fun as some fans were hoping, but that shouldn't matter to the Boston brass.

As expected, Philadelphia would go on to draft Washington's Markelle Fultz with the top overall pick, which they officially acquired in a trade with Boston on Monday.

Phil Jackson told Knicks broadcaster Al Trautwig that rising young star Kristaps Porzingis is not untouchable. Until the Minnesota Timberwolves beat them to the punch. Asked for a current National Basketball Association comparison, Tatum picked a player that the Celtics had interest in at February's trade deadline. Didn't matter, as those talks dissipated.

Brown, a shooting guard, could earn some minutes if he makes the Bucks' roster, as their starting shooting guard from last season, Tony Snell, is a free agent. Around here, his game may draw comparisons to Paul Pierce, but that feels a bit hyperbolic. "I just trusted the people I surrounded myself with, my family and my coaches". "They've been with me my entire life, before I was going to be in the National Basketball Association, and they've helped me and been with me the entire way", Tatum said.

But once again we're talking about potential, which of course is another word for unpredictable. In exchange, the Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 overall pick, which they would then use to acquire Lauri Markkanen from Arizona.

As unusual as it must sound, UNC's Justin Jackson and Duke's Harry Giles have gone from rivals to teammates in one night. That's how Tatum was the third overall draft pick by the Celtics. However, due to their steep price - NY reportedly wanted the No. 3 pick, next year's Brooklyn pick, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown from the Celtics - the deal never came to fruition.

"We have a lot of fun", said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.

Smith is an explosive scorer and the prototypical point guard capable of slashing to the hoop and dishing off to shooters in the right offensive setup.

"Both of them are hard-nosed, competitive, great teammates and great leaders", Newman said Tuesday. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice of first-rounders in 2019 - either from Sacramento or Philadelphia, whichever pick is higher. "I could see him as a guy who outperforms his draft stock down the line". Clearly, the starting line-up has seen a lot of improvement with this pick. "That's a good thing".

The Celtics handed over their top pick to the 76ers within the past week.

"You know, those are probably questions for Danny", Stevens said.

"You guys all know my history with the Celtics and the respect I have for Danny Ainge and the organization", McDonough said.

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