Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

What to Expect from Tonight's Unpredictable NBA Draft

What to Expect from Tonight's Unpredictable NBA Draft

Ainge said that they never talked to Josh. They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just made a decision to cancel it as we flew - just Brad and I and Mike Zarren flew cross-country.

Josh Jackson's personality and blue-collar style of play would make him a huge hit in NY, where he would make a nice side income with endorsement opportunities, but he would play for the winning side more often if he played for the Celtics. N.C. State last produced a lottery pick in 2013 when Durham's T.J. Warren, that season's ACC player of the year, went to Phoenix at No. 13. "I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn't mean [Jackson's agent] B.J. No one in our organization did", Ainge said after the draft on Thursday night.

"I'm still uncertain", the soft-spoken Tatum said Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan during NBA Draft media day. I know that Tatum will not get you 10-12 rebounds a game (which is what the Celtics need), but he could be huge for them grabbing rebounds against guys at his position. "I had to get up at 4 o'clock and fly back home". "There's nothing to do in Sacramento".

Tatum might be known for his offensive talents, but he said that during his meeting with Stevens, they talked a lot about his defensive versatility.

In a vacuum, Tatum is a solid pick and a safe pick.

What makes Mason such an intriguing prospect, Graham said, is his tenacious attitude and will to win, which he displayed time and time again throughout the 2016-17 season.

Not long after the Boston Celtics took Jayson Tatum would their pick, National Basketball Association trade rumors regarding their interest in Indiana Pacers' star Paul George have begun heat up. I like the fit with Tatum to the Celtics - he's a pure scorer who should learn to share the ball under Brad Stevens and will complement Jaylen Brown well.

If last week's Boston-Philadelphia trade, where the 76ers got from the Celtics the first overall pick, goes as expected, Washington's Markelle Fultz will be this year's top pick Thursday. "He has a great body, and while he's only 204 pounds, he carries it really well, with broad shoulders and adequate length (6'11" wingspan) for a wing player. (He'd say it even if it weren't.) The choice between Tatum and Jackson was a fine one to have: Both had excellent freshmen years and both project well to the National Basketball Association. ESPN's Chad Ford has Jackson going to the Celtics at No. 3 in his final mock draft.

Asked what he planned to do with his newfound riches, Tatum said, "I would love to pay that mortgage out. I don't think he'll be top 20 but anywhere from 20 to 40-something would be a generalization, but it only takes one team to pick him".

Even after being drafted third overall and being a top-five recruit coming out of high school, Tatum wasn't shy when it came to talking about what he needed to work on.

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