Boston Celtics Pick Jayson Tatum in 2017 NBA Draft

The 2017 NBA Draft kicked off Thursday night at the Barclays Center in NY with the Philadelphia 76ers taking Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1.

The Duke Blue Devils' forward Jayson Tatum averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a freshman.

The Celtics have been high on Tatum throughout the draft process, and had him in for a private workout late last week.

The 19-year-old player measures 6-foot-8 and has a 6-foot-11 wingspan to contribute to Boston's lineup.

"The feeling is everything I wished for and more", Tatum said.

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On ESPN's Draft show Jay Bilas mentioned that Tatum was his fifth overall prospect, ranking behind Fultz, Ball, De'Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson.

They got it with Tatum.

Plainly, the Celtics needed another scorer. If the cap lands where the league now anticipates, the drop-off from previous projections would make it more hard for teams like the Boston Celtics to manufacture maximum salary space this summer, but would also drive down the price of maximum contracts, which are determined by the cap.

Adding to the intrigue is all the rumors flying around, including the shocking reports in recent days that the New York Knicks are not ruling out trading Kristaps Porzingis, which would likely require a top pick in this year's draft.

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