Welcome to Boston: Newly acquired Tatum fits the "Celtic Way"


Welcome to Boston: Newly acquired Tatum fits the

With Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball sure things at 1 and 2, the biggest drama on draft night was the Celtics' pick at No. 3. "A great work ethic, and his parents have done an fantastic job of raising this young man".

When asked about Minnesota, who is scheduled to pick seventh, "They can go in a couple different directions", noted Fraschilla. I'm going to be the best player I can be.

Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Jayson Tatum, left, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge share a laugh during Friday's news conference in Waltham.

But it was far from the first time Ainge has received an outrageous demand for his assets from the Nets deal, including a Chicago demand previous year for the 2017 and 2018 Nets picks in addition to two players for Butler. Celtics radio analyst Cedric Maxwell joined WBZ-TV's Dan Roche on Sunday night's Sports Final to discuss the pick, and thinks Tatum could make an immediate impact next season. "For me and my mom for everything we've been through and even for my Dad and everybody back home in St. Louis and the Duke family and everyone is happy for me".

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks filled a key need in the National Basketball Association draft, taking North Carolina State freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick Thursday night.

"When I talked to coach (Krzyzewski) he was very complimentary", said Stevens.

Josh Jackson, the Kansas freshman whose defensive versatility has impressed many a scout, did not work out for the Celtics, possibly reducing their chances of drafting him.

He turned out to be correct. 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.

Tatum gives the Celtics some immediate rotation flexibility, with the ability to play both forward spots and defend as many as four positions. All-Star free agent forward Gordan Hayward has always been linked to the organization ever since Brad Stevens - his coach at Butler - took over.

Tatum is athletic and can get to the basket, but he's not particularly quick and doesn't have a great first step, which will hurt him against elite defenders at the next level. Although his defense needs work, "He's the real deal", said the analyst.

"The salary cap did have an impact on us over the last few days", Ainge said.

"Flew across the country, are you kidding me?"

It's not really a knock on Tatum, by the way, to wonder whether he'll ever be as good as Butler.

Armstrong had said he and Jackson "clearly had interest" in working out for the Sixers. "[This is] a team that was No. 1 in the East last season and has so many great guys and veterans".

Tatum could also see some time playing as a small-ball 4 in Boston, a role he often occupied for Duke.



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