Who's No. 3? National Basketball Association draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball

Ruben Hill
June 24, 2017

FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Duke's Jayson Tatum, left, drives past South Carolina's Chris Silva during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Greenville, S.C. Tatum spent one season at Duke and is expected to be a top-five pick in Thursday's NBA draft. "I don't think they play as hard as I do, period". The NBA draft begins at 7 p.m. ET.

During his single college season with the Huskies, Fultz led all freshmen with 23.2 points, while also averaring 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

Jackson never thought that would be him, so he said he didn't work out for the Celtics.

From there it could be Tatum, Josh Jackson of Kansas, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox or some other player in the mix at No. 3, where the Celtics will now pick after the deal with the 76ers. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury. LaVar Ball had said his son would play for only the Lakers, and it became clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock. "But it was just scheduling issues and it was a little delayed for me to get out there". "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 [coach] Brad [Stevens] and I and [assistant general manager] Mike Zarren flew cross-country".

FRESHMAN FUN: The record of 14 freshmen selected in the first round might last just one year.

"This, I think, has a chance to be a historic draft", Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden said.

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