Who's No. 3? National Basketball Association draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball

Solenn Plantier
Juin 24, 2017

Boston surprised many by selecting Brown as the No 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft nearly a year ago today.

Lonzo Ball wants to stay home with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, and it seems surer than ever he will. Anybody who knows me, knows I love to win.

Fortunately, this is a top heavy draft, and the Celtics have a lot of options at number three.

Kennard, a consensus 2nd Team All-American last season, played two years at Duke, averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

The Celtics made the most of Cleveland's mediocre end to the regular season to steal the No 1 spot in the East.

Tatum, 19, who played for the Duke Blue Devils, is listed at 6'8 and 205 pounds. Fittingly, the five lottery picks tied an ACC record set in 2005; the six players taken in the top 15 tied a conference record set in 1997. The way things are shaping up now, it appears as though that will also be the case this season.

The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's National Basketball Association draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia to build on an already rich cache of future selections.

It made Tatum not the compromise, but the best fit for a team that's still in position to be a big player in free agency this summer. The problem is that he is going to be chastised if he continues to make the unconventional picks that have followed him around his entire career. It reminded him of a similar situation in the draft past year. Both have met with the New York Knicks, who scored well two years ago when they went overseas with their pick of Latvian Kristaps Porzingis - to whom Markkanen has been compared as a 7-footer with perimeter shooting skills.

Jayson Tatum walks to the stage after being drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics at the 2017 NBA Draft. The Sacramento Kings traded picks with the Portland Trailblazers and took UNC forward Justin Jackson No. 15 overall.

For some people, trading away that top pick is already unforgivable.

Even if you're still miffed that the Celtics passed up the opportunity to draft a potential franchise player in Fultz, there is a lot to like about Tatum's game and what he'll bring to the Celtics. While they are, by far, the best team picking in the top three, rookies can not expect too much playing time in their first season.

The interview portion of workouts is important, but takes on even greater significance for Jackson who has some aspects of his past that Ainge - or any team for that matter - would want to hear his version of what happened. At least, Ainge didn't think so.

But the 20-year-old certainly exceeded all expectations in his rookie season and has fans excited about what the future will hold for him and the Celtics.

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