Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

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      Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Duke forward Jayson Tatum are two top contenders for the Celtics’ first pick in the 2017 draft

Credit AP Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Duke forward Jayson Tatum are two top contenders for the Celtics’ first pick in the 2017 draft

After adoring Kobe Bryant as a child, Tatum will head to his basketball hero's biggest rival having made his dream of reaching the NBA a reality.

Cook and Tatum were teammates at St. Louis Chaminade, which won the Missouri Class 5 state title in 2016.

But 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.

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

"I thought it was an OK season", Brown told Express Sport.

"I definitely have to continue to get better and working on my game but just for the opportunity, I don't think it was given, I think I earned it".

"Flew across the country, are you kidding me?"

Tatum, who averaged 16.8 points per game in his lone freshman season at Duke, can be the answer for a Celtics team that had to rely far too heavily on point guard Isaiah Thomas for quick scoring in hard situations.

Jayson Tatum could develop into a star player, but he would not be expected to contribute now. He was also the MVP of last year's ACC Tournament and the only unanimous first-team all-ACC selection. Jackson didn't participate in a workout with the Boston Celtics - who have the No. 3 pick - and is now projected to go No. 4 to the Phoenix Suns, but Graham said he would be surprised if a player of Jackson's caliber falls out of the top three. He's a prototypical wing who can score in a number of ways - he even made 84.9 percent of his free throws.

Moments later, he blocked a shot and finished off the play with a lay-up that gave Duke a three-point lead.

Tatum isn't that kind of player yet.

Free throws. Blocks. Getting out in transition. In my opinion, teams [are] going to miss out if they don't take him. "If you look at the league today, those are the players that are thriving right now". "His game is to play with the ball, come off screens, make plays", Van Gundy said.

"I would be looking at Isaac or Tatum with that pick". The 20-year-old will join Booker, Warren, Marquese Chriss, Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dragan Bender as Suns players under the age of 24.

Stevens was asked if Tatum was the player that the Celtics wanted at No. 1 and figured they could trade down to get.

Mika attended the NBA Draft Combine and worked out for more than a dozen teams since declaring for the draft back in March after a very productive junior year at BYU.

At 5 feet 11, Mason didn't crack the National Basketball Association draft projection outlets until late in his remarkable senior season. Still, this was a safe pick by Danny Ainge.

"It's unsafe to play too much into a 19-year-old kid's behavior", Ainge told CSN's A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper on Friday.

Let's think of the current Celtics roster: We see Isaiah Thomas at the point, Avery Bradley at shooting guard, Al Horford at center, and now Tatum could be set to learn under the forward duo of Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson.

"Frank, it's just his mentality - you know, that pitbull", Graham added. "Yeah, I was mad".

It sometimes pays to remember what type of a player an executive was to try to determine how he might feel about a specific prospect.

"We think it was a great night for us in terms of the talent we added", McDonough said.

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