Boston Celtics Draft Night Recap: Team Drafts Jayson Tatum At No.3 And Declines A Trade For Butler
Instead of making a trade with their No.3 pick, the Boston Celtics drafted a player.
With the No.3 pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum from Duke.
“The feeling is just everything I wished for and more,” Tatum told ESPN. “I’m trying not to cry right now.”
The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman for the Blue Devils. He shot .342 on 3-pointers and .849 on free throws.
He’s considered one of the best isolation scorers in the college game, with an advanced midrange game and the ability to score off the dribble.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a great and tremendous franchise like the Celtics,” Tatum told CSNNE’s Abby Chin. “They’re a great team, they were the No. 1 seed in the East last year with so many great veteran players like Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley. Just so much I can learn from those guys.”
In terms of his potential role with Boston, Tatum sees his versatility as his strength.
“Versatility, and a guy that’s multi-dimensional offensively and defensively, especially at my size and how long I am,” Tatum told Chin when asked what he’ll bring to Boston. “I think that’s what they like best.”
Many Boston Celtics fans might leave the night feeling a bit disappointed. Probably not because of the Tatum pick, but because Ainge decline to trade for Jimmy Butler.
Butler ended up being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal Chicago ended up doing with the Wolves was the following
- Jimmy Butler
- No.16 pick in this years draft (Justin Patton)
The Boston Celtics were reportedly in talks with the Bulls for Butler, but the C’s were reportedly unwilling to to part with this years No.3 (Tatum) or next years Brooklyn Net’s pick.
Minnesota and the Celtics had also talked about the No.7 pick earlier in the day in a potential package to trade for New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis. But that trade seems to be dead with Phil Jackson reportedly wanting an Anthony Davis type of return of Porzingis.
Just after the Celtics selected Tatum with the No.3 pick, a rumor from Adrain Wojnarowski from the Vertical kicked up the idea of Paul George coming to Boston once again.
Sources: Boston, Indiana talks for Paul George had gained significant momentum, but sides are still apart on a possible deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
“I’m not closing the door on Kevin Love coming here,” Scalabrine said. “I’m really not. I’m not. I have a feeling.”
Scal thinks that the Celtics could land Love in a three-way trade with the Cavs and the Pacers. It would involve George joining Cleveland and Boston landing Love. Boston could part with Tatum or potentially something less to Indiana.
“To me it makes sense,” Scalabrine said.
Love has three years remaining on the 5-year, $110 million contract he signed with Cleveland in 2015. The 28-year-old All-Star averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his third season with the Cavs.
Boston Celtics Take A Defensive Minded 3-Point Sniper In The Second
In the second round of the draft, Danny Ainge went with the best available player with his 32nd overall pick.
The lucky player was SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleve, who according to The Ringer compares to current Celtic Jae Crowder. Ojeleve averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his final season at SMU. Ojeleye also took 172 3-pointers this past season. Made 42.4 percent of them
There is reason to believe that he will outplay his draft pick position and could be a contributor for Boston in the near future.
Celtics Draft A Point Guard At 53
With the 53rd pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics selected 24-year-old Arizona PG Kadeem Allen.
Allen is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire draft. Draws comparison to former Celtic Tony Allen. One NBA draft expert predicts Allen could be a long-time pro given his defensive skills.
Kadeem Allen played four years in college and will likely play for the Maine Red Claws, but there is a chance he is a second round pick that could break through to the NBA sooner rather than later.
Another pick, another guard at 56
Following the Allen pick, the Celtics used their 56th pick on another guard.
This time it was Cal guard Jabari Bird, who happens to be Jaylen Brown‘s former college teammate.