Boston Celtics: 5 reasons Jayson Tatum was a good pick

Boston Celtics: 5 reasons Jayson Tatum was a good pick

It was clear that the newest Celtic was in deep thought as he stared at the 17 banners and the one left blank, a steady reminder of what this franchise is about, past and present.

Can we expect a 20-year-old to carry the Celtics to the NBA Finals? No.

The soft-spoken 6-foot-9 forward has been here long enough to understand that success around here is about more than playing well; it's playing to win a championship. Being that the Celtics, for nothing more than forgoing the right to draft Tatum, could have had either Fultz or Butler simple as that, there is only one way this works out in Boston's favor: Tatum has to become a better player than Fultz, who has been most experts' top-rated prospect for the past year, and Butler, a top-15 player right now.

All come into the National Basketball Association with lots to learn, as well as goals and aspirations for this upcoming National Basketball Association season.

There are also some whispers around the league that the Phoenix Suns punked Ainge and the Celtics at the draft.

And his answer initially was to ask me a question, "Individual or team?"

He wouldn't comment on any of the potential trades the Celtics were rumored to have been offered Thursday but did say "It was a little blown out of proportion; I'll leave it at that". I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn't mean B.J. and I and ... other members of my staff couldn't talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.

His words may seem like the politically correct response, but take a look at the kid's basketball resume and you'll quickly see he is indeed about winning and doing so in whatever way possible. The injury dampened the enthusiasm he had going into the season.

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"We played by the rules - I guess".

With the No. 3 pick in last week's NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics added some instant offense to their roster in Duke forward Jayson Tatum.

Tatum isn't that kind of player yet.

Stevens is meticulous when getting familiar with players. "That makes you a better person and a player dealing with adversity and how you handle it over time". But it gave us some more guidance and that changes some things. But he makes winning plays, whether it's for himself or others. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

Instead, the Celtics traded down, giving the Philadelphia 76ers the top pick and moving to pick three and acquiring a future first-round pick.

Tatum, the son of CBC coach Justin Tatum, said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately. One thing that happens with a younger player is they're dependent on the point guard. "If you're ranking guys on character alone in this draft, he's your number one pick".

After the draft, Celtics president Danny Ainge revealed the Celtics bypassed Jackson at No. 3 in part because Jackson had spurned them badly. In spite of that, we've watched Josh for two years and we're fans. "We flew cross-country. Are you kidding me?"

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