Sports

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.

More news: Trump Praises India's Modi for Purchases of US Armaments
More news: United States warns Syria on 'chemical attack plan'
More news: President Trump and India PM Modi to deliver joint statement

"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?"


  • Prince Philip leaves hospital after treatment for infection

    Her Majesty and Prince Philip - born Philip Mountbatten - announced their engagement when she was 21 and tied the knot in 1947. At the event, the Queen , Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla lead the royal procession in a horse-drawn carriage.
    US to say China among worst on human trafficking

    US to say China among worst on human trafficking

    Countries placed in Tier 3 can be penalized with sanctions barring them from participating in cultural exchanges with the U.S. The officials said China will be moved to the lowest tier in the system, Tier 3, from a higher ranking past year .
    Trump gets go ahead for partial travel ban

    Trump gets go ahead for partial travel ban

    America's highest court also granted an emergency request from the White House allowing part of the refugee ban to go into effect. Some immigration lawyers said the limited nature of the ban raises questions about how much impact it will have.
  • Senate health care bill will leave 22M more uninsured by 2026: CBO

    Senate health care bill will leave 22M more uninsured by 2026: CBO

    Under the Senate bill, that person would pay $6,500, partly because insurers would be able to charge older adults more. Republicans should learn from those mistakes and get this right.
    Rockets' Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year

    Rockets' Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year

    Under D'Antoni's leadership, the Rockets made 1,181 3-pointers this season, breaking the Warriors' record of 1,077 a season ago. Other finalists this year were Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Erik Spoelstra from the Miami Heat.
    Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal 'confident' of advancing to Confed Cup final

    Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal 'confident' of advancing to Confed Cup final

    He scored one of Portugal's goals in the 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday. Ronaldo put Portugal ahead with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Andre Roberson named All-Defense Second Team

    Green led the league in steals this season with a career-high 2.0 per game to go along with 1.4 blocks per game. San Antonio reached the Western Conference Finals in its first season without Duncan, who retired last July.
    Eoin Morgan: England did not lose to Pakistan because of over confidence

    Eoin Morgan: England did not lose to Pakistan because of over confidence

    Morgan added: "Coming from Edgbaston, it was a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust". England's Jonny Bairstow throws the ball while Pakistan bat during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final.

    Wisconsin senator wants health care vote delayed

    Pat Toomey , R-Pennsylvania, said the focus remains on Medicaid expansion while noting there are indeed challenges that remain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting on a vote this week before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess.
  • Benitez poised for crunch talks

    Benitez poised for crunch talks

    Rafael Benitez is reportedly set to hold talks with managing director Lee Charnley about Newcastle's transfer window frustration. David Ginola says that " You can't just stand there and watch " and you have to give the Manager a chance to compete.
    BCCI panel to evaluate Supreme Court directive

    BCCI panel to evaluate Supreme Court directive

    Chaudhary said that the committee will start working in the next two days. "The Court's order has to be implemented". A couple of more members are expected to be a part of the committee.
    Tax fraud case: Ronaldo to appear in court July 31

    Tax fraud case: Ronaldo to appear in court July 31

    Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, and Madrid issued a statement last week saying it believed the player was innocent. Spanish tax authorities filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo a few days ago for a tax break of 14.7 million dollars.