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Celtics pick at No. 3: Jayson Tatum, Duke forward

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Duke forward Jayson Tatum excels in the open court, is a good winger defender and has an excellent midrange game. (0:54)

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

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 6.5 percent

  • Chances he'll be a starter: 32.1 percent

  • Chances he'll be a role player: 29.2 percent

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