Jayson Tatum: What The Celtics Are Getting With The No. 3 Pick

Markelle Fultz

In an interview after the NBA Draft, Celtics president #Danny Ainge made comments that made it sound like Boston didn't draft Jackson because he canceled his workout with the team at the last minute.

"I never talked with Josh".

The Celtics made the predictable pick as their interest in Jayson Tatum early on made things obvious.

For the second consecutive year, Boston selects a wing player with the third pick in the draft after taking Jaylen Brown last June. "I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn't mean [Jackson's agent] B.J". Ainge said he was upset about the last-minute cancellation, but that they didn't hold it against him. Ainge said that he was mad because he had to get up at 4 a.m. and fly back home. "But they know more than I do, so when they called me for a workout, I was, 'Sure.' I was excited". "There's nothing to do in Sacramento".

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".

But Tatum becomes an instant rival of friend and fellow Chaminade product Bradley Beal, a guard with the Washington Wizards, who in 2012 also was a No. 3 overall pick, but out of the University of Florida.

And when asked about what he did for his short stay in Sacramento, Ainge took shots at the city in the process.

The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's National Basketball Association draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia in a move to add to an already rich cache of future selections.

We doubt there are any hard feelings between the two teams, as Phoenix got their man and Ainge acknowledged that the Celtics still would have taken Tatum even if they had had the No. 1 pick.

Duke forward Jayson Tatum was selected No. 3 overall by the Boston Celtics and NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. was taken No. 9 overall by the Dallas Mavericks.

An interesting aspect of Thursday night's draft that isn't being talked about, however, is how the Boston Celtics went the quiet route.

Jackson described the conversation with Stevens as, "Just asking what I bring to the team, how would I feel about playing in Boston and how I see myself fitting in". "It caused me to miss the first eight games and it was the toughest thing I ever had to deal with because I had never been injured and never had to miss games in my career".

"I love competition, and I love proving people wrong", Jackson said. Maybe, but this isn't the first time a player has told a team he didn't want to play for them without actually saying it. "I can't wait to go and learn from coach (Brad) Stevens and Isaiah Thomas and just everybody on that roster". And there is certainly no guarantee that collectively they'll add up to a Celtics team that is any better than the one that just earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. He has a great amount of moves that he uses in his offensive game that get him by the defender and to the basket and some of his best game is in the post.

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