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Ainge irked that J. Jackson canceled workout

Danny Ainge said Celtics brass "tried not to overreact" to Josh Jackson canceling a recent workout after they had traveled cross-country to see him, but he acknowledged that he was "mad."

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Bilas sees longevity in young group of NBA draftees (1:56)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on trade rumors around the Celtics, including Porzingis chatter: "A little blown out of proportion. I'll leave it at that."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on Jayson Tatum: "There's a lot to like about Jayson. He's going to be a terrific player."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics wrapped up their four-pick night by selecting 24-year-old defensive-minded Kadeem Allen out of Arizona at No. 53 and soon-to-be 23-year-old Jabari Bird out of Cal at No. 56.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With the first of three second-round picks, the Celtics select SMU's Semi Ojeleye at No. 37. The 6-foot-8 swingman, who spent two seasons at Duke, shot 42.4 percent beyond the 3-point arc last season for the Mustangs.

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Stevens impressed by Tatum's versatility (1:38)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is feeling better but decision on next step in rehab from hip injury is still a couple weeks away. Said Stevens: "[Thomas is] doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle. … He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action. And nothing's determined after that. He hasn't done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won't be doing any basketball."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics draftee Jayson Tatum on going to a team that had the best record in the East last season: "It's great. I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there. I can't wait to go and learn from Coach [Brad] Stevens and Isaiah Thomas and just everybody on that roster."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

While Jayson Tatum might be best know for his offensive talents, he said earlier this week that , when he talked to Celtics coach Brad Stevens, they focused a lot on his defensive versatility and how that could lead to playing time early in his NBA career. "[Stevens] just said guys that are my size and are versatile, offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jayson Tatum on ESPN after being No. 3 pick: "The feeling is just everything I've wished for and more. I'm trying not to cry right now."

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Tatum: 'It's the best night ever' (1:23)
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Celtics nab Tatum at No. 3 (1:33)
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Sam Strong ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Jackson stands up to support his former Duke teammate Jayson Tatum, who was drafted by Boston with the No. 3 pick. Both spent just one season at Duke and had nearly identical class schedules in the spring semester (including yoga).

ESPN Stats and Information  

Celtics select Jayson Tatum No. 3 overall. This is the 4th straight year that Duke has had a top-3 pick (Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Brandon Ingram are the other 3). That ties UCLA (1974-77) for the longest streak of Top-3 picks. (Via Elias Sports Bureau).

Ben Alamar ESPN Analytics 

Jason Tatum ranks 4th overall in ESPN's analytic draft model. Comparable players are Justise Winslow, Gordon Hayward, and Paul George.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

The Celtics select Jayson Tatum No. 3 overall. Great pick. Fits exactly what they need and can score at all three levels. Ainge makes trade and gets his guy.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With the No. 3 overall pick, the Celtics selected Jayson Tatum (F, Duke). This is the second straight year Boston has selected third overall, with Tatum joining Jaylen Brown on the roster.