Celtics get their guy, select Duke's Tatum with No. 3 pick

"No one in our organization did", Ainge said.

"The longer you are with somebody, the more deposits you have with each other, the trust is there", Thibodeau said. But he's really talented offensively and I think he's still just scratching the surface of what he's going to be.

The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's National Basketball Association draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia in a move to add to an already rich cache of future selections.

Frank Ntilikina saw his dream come true: He's a top-10 pick in the National Basketball Association draft. Those include guys like Rudy Gay, Tobias Harris, Jeff Green, and Harrison Barnes - players who develop into solid rotational players (in Gay's case, a fringe All-Star), but nothing more. There will be a lot of "filler" provided for fans by the commentators, as every team is afforded a certain amount of time to make their selections. "They are not going to challenge Cleveland in the next couple of years", Bilas predicted.

"He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and that Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me, and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them", Tatum said. He sees Fox with the potential to being one of the league's elite point guards someday.

No matter the road Tatum takes in the National Basketball Association, the Duke star will have a strong support system around him. If they aren't confident in either, and they want a potentially ideal fit at power forward, they'll go with Isaac.

Despite having all the tools to be a versatile swingman on the court, Tatum may face some undeserved criticism early in his career. They were Derrick White of Colorado and Josh Hart of Villanova. I don't see him being a LeBron-type player in that way but I didn't see Steph Curry being that, either. They know his character, his work ethic, his team-first mentality, his willingness and preference to avoid drama and, above all, his desire to win.

The comparison of Tatum, Jackson, and Isaac is a close one. He is one of five final candidates for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, as well a USBWA All-District III honoree. Interior defense and rebounding were a major problem for Boston this year, and Porzingis also has the shooting to fit in well with head coach Brad Stevens' offense.

"I think it would be great to play in Boston", Jackson said, via CBS Sports. Always has been. Ever since I was young and my favorite Kansas player at the time, point guard Kevin Pritchard, was drafted by Golden State on my birthday in 1989, I've been obsessed with the NBA Draft.

When looking at the comparison through that scope, it's a matter of trade off.

Whether you prefer to follow Chad Ford, Jeff Goodman, DraftExpress.com or any number of other NBA writers who cover the league and have done their best to predict what will happen in tonight's draft, there's no question that, when it comes to the rumor-mill world of the NBA Draft, there's no shortage of entertaining and informative options out there. Eastern Time on ESPN.

With Tatum and Kennard coming off the board in the lottery, Duke and Coach K both increased their Draft-record totals of lottery picks to 23.

  • Julie Sanders