Boston Celtics Draft Talk: Josh Jackson Open To Playing In Boston

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Jackson added that playing at Kansas forced him to hone his defensive acumen against bigger players at the power forward spot.

Also tonight, Sacramento dealt the 10th pick to Portland, which used it to acquire Gonzaga big man Zach Collins.

"The most important thing to me are the things he does every day, the way he practices, the things that he does in meetings, the way he prepares before a game, the things that he does for recovery", Thibodeau said.

On Thursday, in a post-draft news conference, Jackson called the incident a "mistake". I always say [how I play] is not a surprise to me; it's a surprise to everybody else. Ball seems certain to become the starting point guard in coach Luke Walton's up-tempo offense after D'Angelo Russell is traded to Brooklyn. His all-around skillset should cause him to be selected among the first 10 picks.

After all, despite the poor play from the Wolfpack a year ago, Smith still averaged 18.1 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Jackson joins an already-young team that came away with two lottery picks past year, thanks to a draft-night trade with Sacramento.

In an interview on ESPN, Calipari insisted "It's not broken", and said being selected in the National Basketball Association draft is the equivalent of putting a player on a so-called lifetime scholarship.

The Sixers hold the number one pick in the draft, but are trying to add another first-rounder to their plate. They could have two more selections in the high lottery next year, maybe one (depending on how the 2018 draft falls) in 2019. He could be a late first-rounder.

As part of the deal with Philadelphia, Boston will also receive a first-round draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 - giving it even more bargaining chips to bolster its roster.

The Pelicans acquired Frank Jackson from the Charlotte Hornets, who had taken the former Duke combo guard 31st overall on Thursday night. He is the first Seminole taken in the top ten of the Draft since 1989.

Krzyzewski on Kennard: "Luke's skill set is a flawless fit for the modern National Basketball Association game and I'm excited to watch his promising career with the Detroit Pistons get underway".

A cleaner shot at Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, two players who play the same position as last year's first-rounder, Jaylen Brown, who was selected No. 3 overall? 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. He can shoot and he can put the ball on the floor and create. The 76ers traded for Boston's top overall pick where they are widely expected to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

NBA Draft prospect Malik Monk (5) exploded for 47 points in Kentucky's 103-100 victory over North Carolina.

Graham said he and his KU teammates plan on watching the draft at KU coach Bill Self's house.

Ford previously reported Boston had Jackson and Tatum in the "same tier" as Fultz and Lonzo Ball.

"Solid pick", said Benoit, who has a tattoo of a shamrock on his right biceps and Celtics mascot Lucky the Leprechaun on his left calf.

You can cross off Philadelphia at number 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers at number 2.

Cook missed seven games in the 2016-17 season after surgery on his broken right index finger but still made the Big Ten's all-freshman squad.

Analysis: Jayson Tatum is the most NBA-ready scorer in the draft.

Only 19 No. 1 draft picks have won the rookie award since it started in 1952-53.