The Boston Celtics selected Cal guard Jabari Bird with the No. 56 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

Bird has prototypical size and athleticism for the shooting guard position, but he needs to develop a better game all around. His lack of rebounds and steals are a concern for scouts. -- Chad Ford

Player profile:

  • Age: 22 (senior)
  • Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 190 pounds
  • 2016-17 stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.0 APG

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Athletic wing
  • Explosive leaper
  • Excellent penetrator, finsher around the rim
  • Solid shooter with 3-point range
  • Can rack up steals

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to tighten his handle
  • Needs to add strengthr 

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The Boston Celtics selected Arizona guard Kadeem Allen with the No. 53 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 0.09 percent
  • Chances he'll be an NBA starter: 0.58 percent
  • Chances he'll be a role player: 1.69 percent

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The Boston Celtics selected SMU forward Semi Ojeleye with the No. 37 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Strong, physical forward
  • NBA body
  • Good shooter with range

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • A tweener
  • Old for his class
  • Poor defensive metrics

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ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 0.02 percent
  • Chances he'll be an NBA starter: 5.33 percent
  • Chances he'll be a role player: 11.95 percent

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens explains the team's thought process and decision to acquire Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the draft.
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Jayson Tatum talks about the emotions of being drafted by the Celtics and what the night means to him and his mom.
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BOSTON -- The Celtics selected Jayson Tatum with the third pick in the 2017 NBA draft Thursday night, a selection made just days after they traded out of the No. 1 spot. 

The 19-year-old Tatum averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists during his one season at Duke.

His coach with the Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski, called him after Boston traded the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week, and he suggested the Celtics might be a good destination.

"[Krzyzewski] called me and talked about how Boston wanted me to come up there for a workout, and he was just ranting about how great of a person [coach] Brad Stevens is, and that Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me, and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them," Tatum said. "I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit and obviously they enjoyed me."

The 6-foot-8 Tatum has the scoring potential that could eventually help defray some of the scoring load from All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas.

After the Sixers deal, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he believed the team could get the player it would have selected with the top pick at No. 3. That quote was relayed to Tatum on Thursday night during his meeting with reporters at the Barclays Center.

"That's a great compliment, especially with all the great guys in this class," Tatum said. "The two guys that went ahead of me, they're great players. But I'm glad at how it worked out, so I'm happy."

Tatum might be known for his offensive talents, but he said that during his meeting with Stevens, they talked a lot about his defensive versatility.


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The Boston Celtics selected Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

Ford's Big Board ranking -- No. 4: "Tatum is the best wing scorer in the draft, a sophisticated offensive player who can get his shot off from anywhere on the floor. He has polished moves off the bounce and good size for his position." More (Insider)

Kevin Pelton's stats and scouting ranking -- No. 8: "He doesn't project in the top or bottom 25 percent of NBA-bound small forwards in any of the 10 categories I use to determine strengths and weaknesses." More (Insider)

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Good athlete
  • NBA body
  • Big-time scorer
  • Ideal size for position

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to add a 3-point shot
  • Needs to play with more aggressiveness
  • A bit of a ball hog

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The Boston Celtics have made trade offers to the New York Knicks for young star Kristaps Porzingis, per ESPN sources, but the teams have not found common ground.

One source familiar with the talks told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that the Knicks' demands for Porzingis were "ridiculous." A second source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the two teams remained far apart as of Thursday afternoon.

One offer that was discussed between the Celtics and the Knicks included Boston sending New York its No. 3 pick and an additional lottery pick that it would try to acquire in Thursday's draft along with a player, per ESPN sources. Several Celtics, including Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, have come up in talks between the Knicks and Celtics, sources said.

Another name that has come up in multiple discussions over Porzingis is Knicks big name Joakim Noah, with the team looking to unload his 4-year, $72 million deal signed last summer. 

Phil Jackson said on Wednesday night that the club was listening to offers on Porzingis after the 21-year-old skipped his exit meeting with Jackson and other executives after the season. A Knicks source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Thursday afternoon that Jackson was "dug in. If he doesn't get exactly what he wants, there will be no (Porzingis) trade."

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What do you think Danny's going to do?

This is how most conversations about the Boston Celtics have started this week. It doesn't matter if it's two fans in a bar or league executives on a call; seemingly everyone is wondering what Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will do with the No. 3 pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

No one seems to know for certain, and Ainge wouldn't want it any other way.

Ainge has to love that the rest of the league has no idea which way he's leaning. Having already stunned many by trading down from the top spot, Ainge has offered only enough (mis?)information to keep heads spinning.

During a conference call Monday, Ainge said he believes the Celtics can get the same person at No. 3 that they would have picked at No. 1. So, Ainge was asked, are you keeping the pick? He quickly clarified that a secondary move remained a possibility. OK, but the Celtics had locked in on a player should they elect to use the No. 3 selection, right? Ainge then suggested there were multiple players the team liked and the front office had not committed to a player yet.

Combine all that with the NBA tornado of pre-draft activity that ripped through Tuesday and, given how the Celtics are instantly attached to every big-name player who dances through the Twitter rumor mill, it's felt as if the Celtics could go in 20 different directions on Thursday night.


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Jayson Tatum joins SVP to describe his meeting with Celtics coach Brad Stevens and seeing his name thrown around ahead of Thursday's draft.

The NBA draft is fast approaching, which means several big decisions loom for teams regarding prospects as well as current players.

Reports involving big names such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler have been circulating the past several days, and these All-Stars could be on the move in the near future.

Meanwhile, there has already been a swap of top-three picks in the draft as lottery teams position themselves to select the best college talent in what has been touted as a very deep class.

As the storylines continue to unfold, here's your chance to weigh in on five burning questions related to the madness. Vote below!

Coverage of the NBA draft is scheduled to begin Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

-- Nick Ostiller


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Josh Jackson said he didn't work out for the Celtics because he did not have time to do so after Boston traded the No. 1 overall draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics got the No. 3 pick in that deal, which was finalized Monday afternoon. Boston had hoped to work out Jackson on Tuesday, but the workout never happened.

A source told ESPN's Chad Ford on Monday night that Jackson refused to work out for the Celtics without an assurance the team would hang on to the No. 3 pick and that he was the top player on their draft board.

In a pre-draft interview Wednesday with ESPN, Jackson confirmed he did not work out for Boston.

"They did a little bit of moving around with their pick," Jackson said. "I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn't really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them. But then when they, you know, did the flip and went to No. 3, by then it was too late."

Jackson was asked if he was concerned whether the decision to skip a Celtics workout would affect him in Thursday night's NBA draft.

"It could, it may or may not," he said. "But like I said before, I'm just happy to be here. Wherever I end up Thursday, I'll be happy."

After trading the pick Monday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters that the organization thinks there is "a really good chance the player we'll take at 3 is the same player we would have taken at 1." The Celtics worked out Duke's Jayson Tatum on Monday.

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