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

After a trade down to the No. 3 in exchange for a Byzantine future pick, the Celtics are right back in the same position they were previous year, holding the third pick in a draft with no consensus after the first two prospects.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens are of like mind in that they put a premium on intense, defensive-minded competitors. "I knew that from the start of his freshman year". While there's been plenty of trade rumors involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, L.A. Lakers, and #Boston Celtics, it seems there has been less focus on who Boston could actually pick.

If on the other hand, if we apply a theoretical Waltham Big Board to Fultz and company, with Fultz as say the fourth-best prospect, that raises the probability 10 percent that players possible at No. 3 will end up better than Fultz. While there's still the potential for those players to change locations, it seems that right now, the Pacers and Bulls have a bit more leverage to shop for the best deal they can find.

ESPN's Chad Ford reported Jackson refused a workout unless the Celtics commit to taking him at No. 3.

On Wednesday, Jackson told ESPN.com that scheduling issues prevented him from working out with the Celtics, who once had the No. 1 overall pick but traded down in the last week to No. 3. "I think it would be pretty special". With the draft ratings added, Smith falls just below Josh Jackson, though the estimated gap with Fultz also grows.

Asked if he might get that done before the draft, he said, "Possibly".

"It just made me more versatile and prepared me to be able to play multiple positions in today's National Basketball Association and also guard multiple positions". They know what I bring to a team.

Projected at No. 4 overall to the Phoenix Suns, Jackson said that much of his misconduct allegations have "been blown out of proportion", insisting teams know who he is.

"Both of them are hard-nosed, competitive, great teammates and great leaders", Newman said Tuesday. However, it's believed that Tatum would be an ideal fit for the Celtics' current roster. And the people close to the situation, the teams that are considering drafting me that I've talked to, they know exactly what's going on. "He just said guys that are my size and are versatile offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys".


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