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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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Celtics Talk: The Little Guys

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The play of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will not make or break this Celtics team. Everyone knows that they’ll perform. No it’s the ancillary characters, those hard-nosed guys who have been placed on the backburner, that will make the difference for Boston during the upcoming 2017-18 season.

This past summer was charged with controversy and pandemonium, following some massive moves made by Danny Ainge and his subordinates. Dishing out well-groomed fan favorites to teams manifold, Boston felt like the nexus of offseason activity in the NBA.

Many Celtics fans still harbor some reproach, regarding the unfamiliarity of this team. But I assure you that there is still exists that “Tommy Point” foundation, which the Celtics will look to for a foothold when the going gets tough. These are the individuals that will dictate the trajectory of this team’s season.    

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TV And Live Stream Info: Boston Celtics Kick Off Season In Cleveland

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One of the most interesting sports teams in the City of Boston over the last couple of months has been the Boston Celtics. They have been this without even playing a single regular season game. But that all changes on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

The reason for this interestingness that surrounds them is simple. The NBA offseason.

In the offseason, the Boston Celtics made a flurry of deals and signings highlighted by the drafting of Jayson Tatum, the signing of Gordon Hayward, and the trade for Kyrie Irving. These three moves highlighted an offseason for Danny Ainge that could go down in history. With only Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown returning to the team it looks to be a very different Celtics team on and off the court.

Heading into their regular season opener on Tuesday night they are one of the favorites to win it all. But before they win a championship they will need to prove that they can play well together and compete against the leagues best. Fortunately for Coach Stevens and the Celtics, they will have an opportunity to get a look at the leagues best to open the season.

With the C’s playing the Cavaliers comes a number of storylines, but here are the best.

  • Irving’s return to Cleveland
  • Irving v. LeBron James
  • Isaiah Thomas against the Celtics
  • Chemistry between the Celtics starting five
  • How will Stevens use his new players and what will the rotations look like.
  • Cavs vs Celtics

The last point is the most important one of them all. When it comes down to it these two teams, in theory, are the best in the Eastern Conference. They will likely have plenty of battles over the course of the NBA season and could be the two teams that make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Whatever happens for the 2018 Celtics starts on Tuesday at 8 pm, but for now, it is shaping up to be a memorable and exciting season in Boston.

Broadcast Information:

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

TV: TNT

Live Stream: Watch TNT

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Boston Celtics Starting Lineup Possibly Revealed

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The Boston Celtics kick off their highly anticipated season on Tuesday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many speculate these two teams to be the best teams in the entire Eastern Conference. This opening night game should provide plenty of drama including the return of Kyrie Irving to Cleveland.

Irving in the starting lineup is as expected, but on Sunday Celtics coach Brad Stevens revealed what could be the opening night starting 5.

1  Kyrie Irving

2 Jaylen Brown

3 Gordon Hayward

4 Jayson Tatum

5 Al Horford

Now that is a starting five that many Boston Celtics fans have to feel good about. It features the “Big 3” along with two young players who have the potential to be stary worthy in their own right. This lineup also means the new and improved Marcus Smart will be the 6th man off the bench and everyone else coming behind him.

Some injury news hit the team on Sunday though with Stevens stating that forward Marcus Morris would miss about 10 days or so with general knee soreness.

You have to wonder about the condition of Morris. He came into camp late due to his court case with his brother. And once he arrived he was admittedly out of shape and had to work back into basketball condition. Obviously a different situation but so far he is drawing similarities to how David Lee came into camp a few seasons ago.

But when speaking with the media Morris has said all the right things and has the potential to be an impact player for Boston once he finds his way back to the court.

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