Celtics ‘appear to be leaning’ toward Jayson Tatum, not Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson: The explosive University of Kansas forward seems to be a flawless fit for the Celtics given his penchant for playing tough defense.The Sixers are used to being in this position, but as a team on the rise, possibly drafting Fultz with the first pick would be a better fit for the Sixers then it would be for the Celtics.If it is Tatum or Jackson, Danny Ainge told the media on Monday that the player he selects would’ve been taken at No. 1.Before the rumors of the trade broke, the Celtics were reportedly interested in taking Kansas star Josh Jackson with the first pick. Not only was he doing great at the college level, but also last Summer he dominated for the under-18 US basketball team.In summary, the Celtics get a heap of picks and the 76ers get their point guard of the future in Fultz. Tell us what your favorite team is, who you want your team to pick, what you think the top 5 picks are going to be, or anything National Basketball Association draft related.1 if this deal hadn’t gone down.On the eve of the NBA Draft, Duke’s Jayson Tatum says he still doesn’t know where he will land despite working out twice recently for the Boston Celtics.”I think he’s super talented”, said Bird, who played against Fultz in a Pac-12 game this season. And like I said, perhaps there’s another move coming.In order to account for some extreme outliers, here is a look at the median career Win Shares at each pick in the first round. And I was expecting him to be just that in Boston, as the No. 1 overall pick.It is intuitive to think that the earlier a team picks in the NBA Draft the better their pick is. Ainge also downplayed the suggestion that Boston might have aided what might be its primary Eastern Conference competition down the road and said Boston’s front office was unanimous on the decision to move down. We know this state is a basketball state, so you probably follow college hoops, and have some idea of what will happen on Thursday night. We watched the same Finals that everybody did.Using a combination of numbers from Sports Reference and 82games.com – in conjunction with DraftExpress’ most recent prospect rankings – we answer that question with what I’d like to call numberMock 2.0. And there’s something about it that just doesn’t feel right.Philadelphia also owns four second-round picks, acquired in previous trades with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. That would seem to indicate that Tatum is the Celtics’ top choice. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the last holdup being the customary league approval on the terms. “But we’re not afraid of that”.With Thomas, the Celtics didn’t necessarily need a point guard – which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most. Despite missing games toward the end of the year due to an injury, Fultz led all freshmen nationally with 23.2 points per game and led the Huskies in minutes per game, points per game, assists per game, and 3-point percentage. A lot of the team’s decision depends on who the Lakers go for, specifically regarding Ball. They took Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season with a foot injury, last year.Tatum said he was “under the weather” during his time in Boston and just went to “lay down after the workout” so he didn’t get to tour the city. It would be great to see the Celtics add to their already young core of Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart.