Boston Celtics: 5 goals for Jayson Tatum’s rookie season

“That’s a great compliment, especially with all the great guys in this class”.

Now, there is some thought that the Suns may have been involved in that move, and general manager Ryan McDonough, a friend and former employee of Ainge’s with the Celtics, did nothing to quell those notions.

“A couple years ago, I talked about how we were thin on guys that could play a number of different positions, when you talk about 2-3-4”, said Stevens.

Asked how he reacted to the trade, Tatum said, “You know, I was surprised because they had the No. 1 pick but they know more than I do so when they called me for a workout I was like sure”.

“OK, so the Celtics originally had the No. 1 pick, and me and my agent, we talked and we just didn’t feel like they had much interest in drafting me at No. 1”, Jackson said. “He really wanted me to go up there and work out for them”. “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”.

“I was definitely open to the possibility”.

Among the potential names to be heard in the Top 10 are De’Aaron Fox from the University of Kentucky, Jayson Tatum from Duke University, Joshua Jackson from the University of Kansas, and Jonathan Isaac from Florida State.

“With Wes, you’re talking extreme numbers from here to here”, Weber said of the draft position. I played with Frank for three years.

Draft night maybe wasn’t as fun as some fans were hoping, but that shouldn’t matter to the Boston brass.

“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”. We covered a lot of the craziness yesterday, but since then even more has happened across the league.

The lack of court time may have been a factor in Bradley being left off the NBA’s all-defensive first and second teams which were announced on Monday. He would help you win now, yes, but also still be in his prime for the next wave of your team’s evolution, perhaps when the Warriors start to fall off a bit or LeBron James goes elsewhere. “The two guys that went ahead of me, they’re great players, but I’m glad at how it worked out, so I’m happy”, Tatum said of Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Neither is projected as a consensus first-round pick although some mock drafts have them going late in the first round.

“I love competition, and I love proving people wrong”, Jackson said.

High character. High basketball IQ. “They know I’m competitive and I’m all about winning”.

What will Tatum bring to the Celtics? But when they traded down, he said it was purely a logistical mishap. “That’s somebody I look up to and that I enjoy watching play”.

It’s one thing to be a Boston Celtic.

It’s not as though Ainge and Stevens were flying in from Seattle or Denver. I was so excited to show everybody what I could do.

“Family is the most important thing”.

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