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Tatum a good fit for Celtics It's one thing to be a Boston Celtic. It's another thing to feel like a Boston Celtic. Jayson Tatum feels like a Boston Celtic. He says all the right things, he's from the right school, he's been nike clearance coached the right way, he's been raised the right way, he has the right body frame for today's wing dominated NBA, where versatility is the name of the game. All of that was clearly illustrated on Friday afternoon when Tatum met the Boston media at the Celtics training facility in Waltham, roughly 16 hours after Boston selected the Duke freshman forward with the third overall pick in the NBA draft. The 6 foot 8 19 year old sat on a podium alongside President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, head coach Brad Stevens and owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca. Tatum appeared polished and humble while fielding an array of questions, often preceded by the rosy phrase "welcome to Boston." Tatum knows where he is and what it means. After all, Boston is NBA royalty and for a guy who got to play for a school that is college basketball royalty, he knows embracing the history and the legacy is part of the fun. "I look at it as a great opportunity," said Tatum. "A team that was No. 1 in the East last season and has so many great guys and veterans, as a rookie I can come in and just be ready to work and learn from the great guys in the locker room. "Celtics fans are the best fans in the world. 1 pick to Philadelphia for No. 3. The Celtics, loaded with draft assets and coming off a 53 win campaign and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals, were mentioned in all sorts of juicy draft night trade rumors for established stars. As always seems to be the case, nothing came to fruition. Tatum was a player they kept a close watch on during the season. When it was time to make the pick, he struck the C's fancy more than Kansas forward Josh Jackson, who had rejected Boston's workout requests multiple times. Tatum, a Third Team All Atlantic Coast Conference selection, averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field for the Blue Devils. He was one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Boston had even more intel on Tatum thanks to the fact that Duke grad Pagliuca's son Nick played with Tatum at Duke. Thus, Pagliuca, Grousbeck and Ainge saw nike 6037 him play frequently in college. As Ainge will admit, Tatum is not nearly a finished product. He needs to add strength to his 205 pound physique, he needs to work on his left hand and hone his outside shot, and he needs to improve defensively. But when Ainge first saw him play at Nike Hoop Summit, he saw a player with clear offensive ability and the potential to be special. "We've watched Jayson play a lot over the last couple of years and nike shoes basketball we're very excited to have him," said Ainge. "He's got terrific upside as a player, a great work ethic and his parents have done an amazing job raising this young man. I think he'll be great in our community and in our locker room. He'll also be making some shots, I think." Stevens is meticulous when getting familiar with players. He's been known to talk to high school guidance counselors to better get a feel for someone's character. He got nothing but stellar reviews about Tatum, including from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. "What kind of a person Jayson is, and his great family upbringing, and who he is have been validated at every turn by a lot of different people," said Stevens. "When I talked to (Krzyzewski) he was obviously very complimentary. He's had so many guys through there that have either stayed there for multiple years or recently left early, that he has a great feel for how impactful people can be, but also how willing they are to work to be better. Everything that he said validated what I already heard. "(Tatum) fits with the way we want to play but also with who we want to be." In a draft where the Celtics weren't in love with one specific player, it begs the question: Did the Celtics take Tatum because they liked him best as a player or as a person? Jackson refused to come to Boston and, finally, when Ainge and Stevens were flying cross country to Sacramento earlier in the week to see Jackson work out, Jackson's camp canceled the workout at the last minute. Ainge admitted he was frustrated by the whole ordeal.