Pelicans get Duke's Jackson from Charlotte in draft deal

The new Suns rookie forward, taken No. 4 overall after the Celtics selected Duke's Jayson Tatum with the third pick in last night's National Basketball Association draft, later allowed that the inability of both sides to connect on a workout may have influenced Danny Ainge's decision.

A year after almost half the draft - a record 27 of the 60 picks - were global players, French guard Frank Ntilikina and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, who played a year at Arizona, are two of the top worldwide players. "I can guard one through four on the defensive end and I can play one through four on the offensive end".

On draft night, they still grabbed one of the most NBA-ready players available. I see that in a lot of the guys on their team. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

"Maybe a little bit", Jackson said, "but you know, I'm here today, I'm happy, and I'm glad to be a Phoenix Sun now".

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 last-minute invitation. The forward scored 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting, hauled in 11 rebounds and hit the game-winning free throw in the eventual 80-79 victory on February 11 in Lubbock. "He wants to dominate you on each and every possession. He's a two-way player".

Jackson was a five-star recruit and was considered as one of the top players in the 2016 class.

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The Charlotte Hornets will pick 11th in the 1st round and 41st in the second round. We didn't hold it against him.

The night also produced the first Kansas State player drafted since 2008 when the Orlando Magic selected Iwundu with the No. 33 pick. "I can guard 1-4 on the defensive end and I can also play 1-4 on the offensive end".

Jackson, who left the Blue Devils after his freshman season, was the Pelicans' first selection in the draft after shipping their first-round selection to the Sacramento Kings during the season as a part of a deal to acquire All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

In the second round, the Celtics picked up forward Semi Ojeleye from SMU at No. 37, Arizona guard Kadeem Allen at No. 53 and Cal's Jabari Bird at No. 56.

Despite having all the tools to be a versatile swingman on the court, Tatum may face some undeserved criticism early in his career.

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