On this day in Boston Celtics history, All-Star small forward Jayson Tatum was signed to the team for a rookie scale, four-year, $30,073,320 contract in 2017. Tatum was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft.
That pick was acquired by President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge by trading back from the first overall pick of the draft with the Philadelphia 76ers in one of the better trades of his career at the helm of the team he won two titles with as a player. A product of the Duke Blue Devils, Tatum has since played four full seasons with Boston.
Thus far, he has already won his two elections to an All-Star game, and earned All-NBA honors.
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Boston also signed Croatian center Ante Zizic to a three-year, $5,879,760 contract. Zizic was drafted with the 23rd overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but would not play with the parent club, instead spending his time with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ G League developmental affiliate. He would be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers with Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, and draft considerations as part of the deal that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in 2017.
https://twitter.com/HonestLarry1/status/1278319257034665984 It is also the date of the 1947 Basketball Association of America (BAA) draft, the very first draft in the history of what would soon become the NBA. It was held in Detroit, Michigan, and saw Boston take three players of note. The first was Edwin “Bulbs” Ehlers, a 6-foot-3 forward and guard out of Purdue with the third overall pick who played two seasons for the Celtics, averaging 8.1 points and 1.8 assists per game (rebounds were not yet recorded).
https://twitter.com/NBABoards/status/1265434827949408256 Boston also drafted 6-foot-2 guard and forward Gene Stump out of DePaul with the 23rd overall pick. Stump would play two seasons with the Celtics, averaging 6.3 points per game before he had his contract sold to the then-Minneapolis Lakers in 1949.
1946-47 Boston Celtics (New York Times/file)
Finally, Boston also drafted forward and center Jack Hewson with the 50th pick of the draft out of Temple. The New Jersey native played 24 games for the Celtics in which he recorded 2.7 points per game. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=53033,52969,52980,52920] [listicle id=52696]