Boston Celtics select Duke’s Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in NBA Draft

The Boston Celtics selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Boston owned the No. 1 pick in the draft but traded it to Philadelphia this week in exchange for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder. The Sixers selected Markelle Fultz with the top pick, while the Celtics selected the 19-year-old Tatum, a third-team All-ACC player last season who averaged 16.8 points for the Blue Devils while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

Tatum, 6-foot-8, was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke and also provides some rotation flexibility, with the ability to play both forward spots and defend as many as four positions.

The Celtics have been high on Tatum throughout the draft process and had him in for a private workout late last week. Tatum said he stayed in contact with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski throughout the draft process, and it was Coach K who encouraged him to take the Celtics up on their invitation.

“He was just ranting about how great of a person (Celtics coach) Brad Stevens is,” Tatum told reporters. “He really wanted me to go up there and work out for them. I was all for it. It worked out.”

However, it’s unclear if Celtics president Danny Ainge is done dealing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.