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Sunday, 25 June 2017 05:15

Markelle Fultz & Josh Jackson Were Worried About Playing Time on Boston Celtics

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ESPN NBA Insider Jeff Goodman Joins Celtics Beat to Discuss Why Josh Jackson & Markelle Fultz are not in Boston


The Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum out of Duke University back on Thursday in the 2017 NBA Draft.  And one of the reasons Tatum is a Celtic, and not say, Markelle Fultz who was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers nor Josh Jackson (selected fourth by the Phoenix Suns) is because Tatum wanted to be in Boston.


Jackson and Fultz on the other hand were not as enthralled.  And according to ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman, that was a major reason as to the Celts traded down from the top overall spot and Jackson and Fultz are elsewhere.

“When I was talking to Fultz early on about the Celtics, and I said ‘is it good that you have a chance to play on a team that could make the playoffs?” Goodman continued.  “And I sensed that he was not happy that he [would be] playing on this team that’s already established.”


Likewise, with Josh Jackson -- he gave reasons that were not also as clear.  But insinuated the same things Fultz and many other draft prospects did as many reports surfaced that incoming amateurs were worried about the Celtics having too much depth.


“The only thing I can think of is [Josh Jackson] felt like there was a logjam at that position whereas in Phoenix, he’d have more of a chance to play a lot of minutes right away,” said Goodman.


“They want to play as much as they can right away.  They want to get their numbers, and sometimes personal numbers are more important than wins and losses.”


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