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It's Jayson Tatum to Celtics at No. 3 in draft

It's Jayson Tatum to Celtics at No. 3 in draft

In a draft where the Celtics weren't in love with one specific player, it begs the question: Did the Celtics take Tatum because they liked him best as a player or as a person?

Devonte' Graham, the soon-to-be Kansas senior and Mason's former teammate, witnessed that transformation firsthand, and the two reminisced about the journey Wednesday morning.

"I started to lose faith", Tatum said during his introductory media session Friday, via the Providence Journal.

In those two seasons, Ainge averaged 18.5 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 4.1 rebounds per game, according to Basketball Reference.

In the meantime, Ainge has much more to look forward to, starting with the first round of 2018 draft, when he holds the rights to the final Brooklyn pick in his satchel, a Lakers first-rounder if it falls between the second and fifth picks, and his own.

"I told Jayson this morning that before anybody on our Summer League roster takes the floor, we'll talk about who we want to be and how we want to go about our approach in our business", said Stevens. "He was like, 'Yeah, it's 30 hours away".

"He's a really skilled player, really talented scorer".

"Frank, it's just his mentality - you know, that pitbull", Graham added. "He can score in any way, I don't think anybody can stop him, honestly".

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In Jackson, Graham sees numerous same traits as Mason - athleticism and an impressive will to win.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn't been announced, says New Orleans received Jackson, the 31st overall choice in the National Basketball Association draft, in exchange for the Pelicans' 40th overall draft choice and cash. "He's not a great shooter but he can make shots", said Bilas. I think he'll be great in our community and in our locker room. "He's just - he's a victor". That became evident when the C's dealt the top pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third pick a week ago, becoming the first team to trade the No. 1 pick before or during the draft since the Orlando Magic in 1993.

Pressed on if the cancellation left Boston considering passing entirely on Jackson, Ainge said he tried to remain calm about the situation.

Three players were chosen in the top ten with Duke's Jayson Tatum (No. 3 to Boston), Florida State's Jonathan Isaac (No. 6 to Orlando), and N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr.

"I'd like to consult my attorney B.J. Armstrong (Jackson's agent)", McDonough said with a smile.
I'm going to be the best player I can be. There's some things that people probably will say... It marks the fourth straight year the Blue Devils have produced a top-three pick. "It can be nerve-wracking at times, but at the end of the day, I'm glad I am here".

"I'm definitely less naive and more experienced than I was a year ago". And I know Danny has. "We just couldn't get anything done". That new faces goes by the name Jayson Tatum.

"Some of those guys know they're going to be (drafted) one through five and they only have to do a handful of workouts", K-State coach Bruce Weber said. The kind of gold that could, at least, mean an Eastern Conference title.


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