Celtics Select Duke Forward Jayson Tatum with 3rd Pick in NBA Draft

By KYLE HIGHTOWER=
AP Sports Writer=

       BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Celtics have selected forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.    

    The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

        In Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward, Boston gets a player who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.    

    Tatum also provides some rotation flexibility, with the ability to play both forward spots and defend as many as four positions.   

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

The Celts had three picks in the second round, taking SMU forward Semi Ojeleye at #37.  They also chose Arizona senior guard Kadeem Allen with their 53rd pick.  The Celts ended the night by selecting Cal guard Jabari Bird with the 56th pick.