Boston Celtics president explains why the team passed on Josh Jackson
He set a school record with 105 3-pointers. He earned Gatorade National Player of the Year honors during his senior season at Chaminade College Prep in Creve Coeur, Missouri after averaging 29.6 PPG and 9.1 RPG, all while guiding his team to a Class 5A state title.
Originally committing to Duke, Ojeleye transferred following his freshman season. red-shirted one year at SMU then went on to be named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year in his first season with the Mustangs. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
He wants to play for the Lakers and would be a one-year rental. And if his game lives up to the hype as he develops over the years, the Celtics could have something special down the road. The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.
Of course, any road to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference will go through three-time NBA champion LeBron James, and Tatum’s youth and inexperience could be exposed in a hurry against the King. Tatum said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately.
“I look at it as a great opportunity”, Tatum said. “I had to get up at 4 o’clock and fly back home”. “A team that was No. 1 in the East last season and has so many great guys and veterans, as a rookie I can come in and just be ready to work and learn from the great guys in the locker room”.
Jayson Tatum could develop into a star player, but he would not be expected to contribute now. The Celtics have been high on Tatum throughout the draft process, and had him in for a private workout late last week. That became evident when the C’s dealt the top pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third pick a week ago, becoming the first team to trade the No. 1 pick before or during the draft since the Orlando Magic in 1993.
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Friday the organization was compliant with National Basketball Association rules before it selected former Kansas swingman Josh Jackson with the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s 2017 National Basketball Association draft. The Mavericks missed the playoffs for just the second time in the past 17 seasons. “They’re going to be very happy”. “I wasn’t ready past year”.
He said that no one in the entire Boston Celtics organization talked to Josh.
Jimmy Butler? A very good player. “His game is to play with the ball, come off screens, make plays”, Van Gundy said. “They’ve been with me my entire life, before I was going to be in the National Basketball Association, and they’ve helped me and been with me the entire way”, Tatum said. “They’re a great team, they were the No. 1 seed in the East previous year, and I just think with so many great veterans and great players like Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, [Jae] Crowder, [Avery] Bradley, there’s so much I can learn from those guys”. Few teams around the league are in a position to convince George to re-sign beyond next season – when he’s let it known that his preference is to play in Los Angeles. Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities. “He can make a three-point shot”. “This is insane”, Ball said in a phone interview. “He really wanted me to go up there and work out for them, and I was all for it”.