Celtics get their guy, select Duke's Tatum with No. 3 pick

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Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

Jackson, a 6-foot-8 forward, played three seasons in Chapel Hill and was named the ACC Player of the Year last season after averaging 18.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The 27-year-old averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in a little over 22 minutes per game last season.

"A lot of people talk about "they're the same player" or 'they play the same position, ' but, I mean, playing with Jaylen would be pretty good, I think", Jackson said.

In the second round, the Celtics picked up forward Semi Ojeleye from SMU at No. 37, Arizona guard Kadeem Allen at No. 53 and Cal's Jabari Bird at No. 56. All first-round picks will receive a grade and an explanation, while all second round picks will just receive a grade.

"Whatever opportunity he gets, he's going to make the most of it", Prolific Prep's co-director and director of operations, Philippe Doherty, said of Jackson.

"It's great", he said.

The Boston Celtics have dominated the early storylines of this year's National Basketball Association draft, ultimately finalizing a deal Monday to move down to No. 3 from the top spot in exchange for future picks.

He turned out to be correct.

KU coach Bill Self, who was with Jackson at the draft at Barclays Center in NY, said No. 4 was "probably the ideal landing place" for the former KU freshman given how everything unfolded in the last week.

The Sixers now own four second-round picks, and it is unlikely they will be able to keep all four seconders on the roster next season, which is why moving up would make sense. Jackson's mechanics will likely need a complete overhaul, which is not the easiest thing to do after shooting the same way for years.

"It's a very exciting day for Josh and his family, and an exciting day for us", said Jeremy Russotti, Prolific Prep's founder. "He's a mature offensive player, for his age coming in", said Van Gundy, the Pistons' coach and team president.

He said he had been open to working out for the Celtics and said it was possible they might draft him, anyway.

Reports were that several teams around the league coveted moving up in the draft, including the Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, which linked the Celtics to trade rumors that involved Porzingis and Bulls star swingman Jimmy Butler. He's not great on the defensive side of the ball but has the potential to be a versatile defender for Brad Stevens. "I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn't really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them, but then after they did the flip and went to No 3, by then it was too late". I was all for it.

Jayson Tatum is a polished scorer in the half court that can play small ball power forward. But when they traded down, he said it was purely a logistical mishap. "For them, he's a good fit".

"I think the whole situation was really blown out of proportion, just because I am who I am".

Tatum said he appreciated the faith Boston showed in taking him.

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