Duke's Jayson Tatum selected No. 3 overall by Celtics

Ruben Hill
June 27, 2017

In the National Basketball Association draft's first unscripted moment, the Boston Celtics took Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third pick. "They already have great team right now and looking forward to fitting in", said Mr. Tatum, a noted go-to scorer with the Blue Devils in his lone year with numbers of 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. "They canceled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just chose to cancel it as we flew - just Brad [Stevens] and I and [assistant GM] Mike Zarren flew cross-country". "I was all for it". He knows there's plenty of work to do on his end in order to enjoy the same success he had at the college level at Duke, but he's excited for the chance to learn from Boston's veteran players like Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas.

In Boston, Tatum will play alongside one the league's more dynamic point guards in Thomas, who averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists.

The C's front office fell in love with the 19-year-old forward's top-notch on-court abilities coupled with his extraordinary mental makeup.

The comparisons from players in the draft process to legends or stars in the league get thrown around a lot.

"No. No.no. Well, there were thoughts, yeah, I was mad", Ainge said. "There's a lot to like about Jayson; he's going to be a terrific player". He becomes the third Duke player in as many years to be taken in the top three - Brandon Ingram went No. 2 last year and Jahlil Okafor was selected No. 3 in 2015. "I want to say in 8th to 9th grade-I grew six or seven inches", says Tatum and now at 6'8" one has to crane their neck to the ceiling to talk to Tatum. "The two guys that went ahead of me, they're great players".

"[Stevens] just said guys that are my size and are versatile, offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys", Tatum said earlier this week. "If you can defend 1 through 4, if you can knock down shots, and then, if you can score, that's a bonus". So, from the time he was a baby till he was eight years old, she took him along to attend the classes with her.

"He fits with not only how we want to play but who we want to be", said Stevens. There were even reports over the course of the night that the Celtics were in talks with the Indiana Pacers about acquiring all-star forward Paul George, which would truly be a gamble considering George is entering the past year of his deal and has expressed a desire to play in Los Angeles. "That's somebody I look up to and that I enjoy watching play".

Three days after working out in Boston, Duke's Jayson Tatum was picked by the Celtics at No. 3 in the NBA Draft at Barclays Center on Thursday. "For me and my mom for everything we've been through and even for my Dad and everybody back home in St. Louis and the Duke family and everyone is happy for me". That's how Tatum was the third overall draft pick by the Celtics. "We anticipate being very active to try to improve our roster". He thinks he's a great kid and a great competitor. He's been known to talk to high school guidance counselors to better get a feel for someone's character. "Sometimes, when we didn't have a guy like Jae Crowder, it got thin at both positions and it gives us more depth and a 245-pound body that can make 3s". "No one in our organization did", Ainge said, as reported by ESPN.com.

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