Pelicans get Jackson from Charlotte in draft deal

"I really believe Phoenix got the most talented player in the draft at four", Self said in a Thursday night teleconference.

Although Boston used an early draft pick on another versatile forward in Jaylen Brown a year ago, Tatum could play the four at the next level if his ability to rebound translates against bigger National Basketball Association defenders.

During his lone season at Kansas, Jackson would average 16.3 points per game while shooting 51 percent from the field, while averaging 7.4 rebounds per game and three assists.

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. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.

With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft.

Tatum, the son of CBC coach Justin Tatum, said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately.

"It's great", he said. "I can guard one through four on the defensive end and I can play one through four on the offensive end". We just felt like we were taking the player that we wanted.

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He turned out to be correct. "[His] Intelligence [and] character", said Ainge. He has the ability to play both, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens isn't saying.

That won't preclude him from revisiting some of those discussions once free agency opens next month, though. "We anticipate being very active to try to improve our roster". He scored 10 or more in a game 20 times.

As part of the deal with Philadelphia, Boston will also receive a first-round draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 - giving it even more bargaining chips to bolster its roster. I see that in a lot of the guys on their team.

But here's where things get verrry interesting for Boston: The Celtics have a chance to take some of those young talents they just drafted and other pieces and turn them into gold.

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.

"[Coach Stevens] just said guys that are my size and are versatile, offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys", Tatum said after being drafted.

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