Jayson Tatum’s rising reputation around the league simmered this week with video footage of Markelle Fultz’ shot release taking priority in the NBA conversation. The negative story had to overtake the positive one of course. The success of the Tatum pick shifted back to make room for screams of a possible bust selection by the 76ers.
Tatum’s London performance, a 16 point, 7-of-13 smooth line, with Fultz still sidelined until he can shoot (per Brett Brown) reinforced the bust discussion. The two teams, now forever linked by flipping the first and third pick in last year’s draft, meet again Thursday night in Boston.
Danny Ainge’s draft lore, alongside his legendary general manager status in other areas, now feels solidified by moving back to get a first round pick and selecting rookie of the year candidate Tatum third overall. Jeff Clark and I dedicated a show to Tatum’s young greatness with all the focus on Fultz this week.
Ainge’s draft history is discussed as well. He’s had numerous hits since Brad Stevens arrived after years of doubt and uncertainty over his skill as a drafter. What role has Stevens played in that?
We also took a look at the Raptors/Cavaliers who stand among the elite of the eastern conference with the Celtics halfway through the season. Is Isaiah Thomas’ struggles since his return something to be concerned about for CLE?
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Jaylen Brown 14:50-16:50
Ainge’s draft track record 16:50-23:30
Anthony Davis trade untouchables? 28:15-32:30
East competition discussion 32:10-39:50
Thomas concerns? 39:50-42:54