A key storyline to emerge from the Boston Celtics‘ trade of the NBA draft’s No. 1 pick: President of basketball operations Danny Ainge’s obvious confidence in Jayson Tatum, because it wasn’t shared by every scout around the league.
Nobody from the class had been under scouts’ watch longer than Tatum, who was first selected to USA basketball back in 2013.
He’s had their attention since he was 14, standing out with distinguishable NBA tools and skills through three gold medals, every All-American showcase event and one season at Duke.
But questions about his style of play have left some scouts hesitant about projecting regular All-Star appearances.
The concerns clearly didn’t faze Ainge. For the Celtics, Tatum’s 29 college games merely confirmed their previously-established belief.
Bleacher Report reached out to scouts to see how they view Tatum after Boston’s move to get him, which meant passing on the chance to add Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball.