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Boston Celtics Rumor: Fultz Is Not A Lock At No.1, Think Jackson

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Boston Celtics Rumor: Markelle Fultz Is Not A Lock At No.1, Think Kansas’s Josh Jackson Instead

Think Markelle Fultz is a lock at No.1 for the Boston Celtics? Well you are wrong according to those who know Danny Ainge.

Speaking to ESPN’s Chad Ford (Insider), an anonymous general manager said he believes Kansas’ Josh Jackson will go No. 1 overall.

“I’ve picked [Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge‘s brain for years,” one GM told Ford. “Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1.”

This would be a surprise with Fultz being listed as the stand alone No.1 pick in the draft, but then again the best professional player isn’t always the top pick in the draft. Ainge has never picked at No.1 overall so there really isn’t anything to go on, the highest Ainge has ever picked is the No.3 pick. That pick came last year with Ainge picking Jaylen Brown.

Jackson is a player I was looking at before the lottery as a player the Celtics could be targeting. He fits what the Celtics are trying to do better, he is a 6 foot 8 small forward who with this Celtics team could play the 4 if Brad Stevens wishes to go small. But a Jackson draft would likely mean no Gordon Hayward coming to Boston with Jacksons natural position being small forward. NBA scouts are not sure if Jacksons game can  translate to the power forward role at the NBA level which draws concern if Boston wanted him to play there.

Drafting Jackson to play the 4 would also mean Al Horford would continue playing out of position at the 5 which he isn’t a big fan of and would likely mean another year where the Celtics can’t play against the leagues bigs. The issue with trying to come up with a plan for next years Boston Celtics team is they have the No.1 pick paired with the desire to sign a max contract player and move out other pieces to clear playing time.

Too many pieces moving right now and a handful of different directions Ainge could take Boston.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Jayson Tatum’s Patience: The Deciding Factor

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There is currently a preponderance of NBA rookies who are dominating the league. We’re talking about 20-somethings (some even younger than that) leading their teams in nearly every statistical category.

This is no longer your father’s NBA.

Gone are the days of “earning your stripes”. In today’s game, if a player has the talent he’s going to be encouraged to use it.

Our favorite youngling, here in Boston, is unanimously Jayson Tatum. This 19-year-old kid has stormed the Garden like some new-school Larry BirdPaul Pierce hybrid. He’s the futuristic embodiment of “Celtics Basketball” – the silhouette for Boston’s modern logo.

But Tatum’s not even the superlative of this year’s rookie class!

Many “Green Teamers” would argue the cockeyed contention that Jayson Tatum is a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. As heartening as it may be for the flourishing freshman to hear such high praise, it still stems from unchecked fandom.

I swear, there must be something circulating around the Charles River. It seems that Boston has become more and more generous, in recent years, when it comes to appraising young talent.

In every sport, we’re ready to give our kindergarteners their high school diploma, the very second they demonstrate their ability.

The homer expectations, surrounding Jayson Tatum, are in need of an adjustment. Let’s take a look at a few rookies, who are ahead of Tatum in the primary categories.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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New England is now fully immersed in the brisk whirlwind of the holiday season. This is a conflicted time for sports fans.

The threadbare traditions and awkward reunion of estranged family members only serves to interrupt our connection to our favorite teams. And it happens right when we’re in the thick of things.

How can one prioritize with so many agendas – family or sports? Surely there will come a moment when you’ll have to choose.

But do not worry. Trifecta Sports has your back.

We’re here to abbreviate all of the Boston Sports highlights so that fans can stay tuned in, all while going through the motions of the season. I promise to be even more critical and unforgiving, when eviscerating the play of New England teams.

So do your thing! Put a smile on for the family. And keep coming to Trifecta for sports news, whenever you get a free second to pretend that you’re bathroom.

You already know what this is, folks. It’s time for another perturbed installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Walking in Winter Wonderland Edition.

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Celtics 2018 Draft Prospects

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They say lightning never strikes twice, but the Boston Celtics have managed to capture lightning in a bottle multiple times, with their past several draft picks. From flowering stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, to secondary underdogs like Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart – the C’s recent draft decisions look more educated with every passing game.

But the exhilarating string of Brooklyn picks, which the infamous Big 3 trade exfoliated, are now all but exhausted. Well, directly speaking that is (semantics). Boston must now face a new mutation of parlayed picks and the stipulations that come with them.

Fun, right?

The selections of the immediate future will be governed by all sorts of caveats and esoteric protections that are hard to get excited about.

Nonetheless, Danny Ainge and his pencil-pushing subordinates have demonstrated their superlative ability to make something out of nothing. Whether the Celtics have the first pick or the last pick, they are going to find value in a “Belichickian” manner.

Let’s take a look at the prospects that Boston should consider drafting, come June of 2018.

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