Celtics draft Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in the 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

We know who Butler and Porzingis are and what they bring to the table. The Sacramento Kings traded picks with the Portland Trailblazers and took UNC forward Justin Jackson No. 15 overall. We're really thrilled to have him. Collins was selected by the Atlanta Hawks and Giles was selected by the Kings via the Portland trade. Because of their lack of preparatory years in college, their status in the draft tends to rise and fall, which makes it harder for them to enter the pros. Florida State's Dwayne Bacon will head to the Charlotte Hornets as part of that trade.

"I love competition, and I love proving people wrong", Jackson said.

The more likely scenario playing out in most mock drafts has the Hornets looking for a shooting guard such as Donovan Mitchell out of Louisville or Duke small forward Luke Kennard, both of whom would add a serious offensive boost for Buzz City in the coming season.

"I'd like to consult my attorney B.J. Armstrong (Jackson's agent)", McDonough said with a smile. "I'm going to take this opportunity and run with it". Apart from the previously mentioned basketball prospects, there is little consensus over the remaining talents and where they might end up. Next year's Brooklyn Nets pick or the additional draft the Celtics will receive from the 76ers might be on the table.

Smith tore a knee ligament as a high school senior and enrolled early at NC State in January 2016 so he could play as a freshman. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists during his only season at Duke. "But then when they, you know, did the flip and went to No. 3, by then it was too late".

"Derek Bodner of Draft Express said in his scouting report the Duke prospect, "Tatum stands just over 6'8" in shoes, with a 6'11" wingspan and an upper body that looks as if it can fill out over time as he matures physically.

But it was far from the first time Ainge has received an outrageous demand for his assets from the Nets deal, including a Chicago demand past year for the 2017 and 2018 Nets picks in addition to two players for Butler. "Duke is such a special place", Kennard said. I've seen a lot, the whole National Basketball Association lifestyle encompasses a lot and just having the spotlight on you. And whichever team drafts him will get someone who is arguably one of the most versatile players in this year's draft. After debating the NBA a year ago, his calculation to return to UNC paid off as he won a national championship and still landed in the first round. Big guys who can shoot are a valuable commodity in the league. "I would have no question putting him in the game offensively now, but defensively, I wouldn't put him in a game right now". "Words can't describe how I feel". By trading the No. 1 overall pick to Philly, the Celtics received an extra future first round draft pick, as Ainge explains further via CSN New England.

One top player the Sixers didn't work out or talk to was UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, according to Ball on Wednesday. "I'm just thrilled Josh Jackson is sitting next to me and is a member of the Phoenix Suns". The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies also are without a pick, while Houston, New Orleans and Washington don't have one in the first round.

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