Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 15:35
Boston selected Jayson Tatum (Chaminade) with the No. 3 pick Thursday in NY, adding a 6-foot-8 small forward who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke.
"It's great. I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there", Tatum said".
The Celtics, armed with the pick just ahead of Phoenix, also thought they'd take a peek at the Kansas forward and set up a time and date. After years of Boston selecting defensive-minded guards, it's a welcome sight to see a potential offensive star who can put the ball in the basket added to the roster. Although he said Thursday night that they had a handful of players at the top of their wish list, it certainly sounds like Tatum was Boston's man all along.
Jackson's most spectacular college performance came in a road victory at Texas Tech. "He makes 85 percent of his free throws".
"In spite of (the canceled workout), we watched Josh for two years and were fans", Ainge said.
"He has a Kobe Bryant-like mentality", Williams said. He has that mentality where he wants to guard. "A couple of years ago, I talked about how we were thin on guys that could play a number of different positions, when you talk about, really, 2-3-4". But a solid showing at the National Basketball Association combine and positive workouts with several squads lifted Mason to a projected second-round pick at DraftExpress.com in the guard-heavy class.
Jackson, who left the Blue Devils after his freshman season, was the Pelicans' first selection in the draft after shipping their first-round selection to the Sacramento Kings during the season as a part of a deal to acquire All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said before the draft Thursday night that point guard was the team's biggest need, and the club made a decision to address it. Ojeleye, a 6-7 small forward averaged 19 points and 6.9 rebounds as a junior.