The deal the Celtics struck with the 76ers guarantees them an additional first-round pick, so they have some room to decide exactly what they want out of this year's draft. The 18-year-old Frenchman is one of the youngest players in this draft class and has the skillset to also play either guard spot.
Many fans and some critics feel Ainge didn't get enough in return for the No. 1 pick overall.
And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon. Justin Jackson of North Carolina projects as a top-20 pick too, with some mock drafts pushing him to the Atlanta Hawks. "But when you can look at a group of talent in this particular draft and know that you have a comfort level with who those players are, grab them while you can because it's a known quantity".
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Philadelphia also owns four second-round picks, acquired in previous trades with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.
Now, Boston has the third-overall pick and a future high first-round pick to offer in trade chips.
Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005.
"I'm a competitive guy, so I'll compete with my teammates and I'll compete with opposing players", Jackson said. However, there could be other teams that trade up to take the No. 1 pick including the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, but it appears those possibilities are no longer on the table.
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Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. "He can score in any way, I don't think anybody can stop him, honestly". The Celtics could trade it in a deal for an established star, or they could have another prospect in mind. In 2016, the Sixers picked Ben Simmons, who didn't play at all during the season after breaking a bone in his foot.
With Thomas, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.
The St. Louis native averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in his lone season at Duke, helping the Blue Devils win the ACC tournament at Barclays Center. Days ago, it seemed like the Celtics were going to make a run at Jimmy Butler and possibly select Jackson. "This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core".
While watching the entirety of Jackson's freshmen year highlights, you understand the defensive praise and the potential as a go-to scorer thanks to his athletic ability and explosiveness.
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