On the eve of the NBA Draft, Duke's Jayson Tatum says he still doesn't know where he will land despite working out twice recently for the Boston Celtics. "So that's how he looks at me, if they were to draft me".
Devonte' Graham, the soon-to-be Kansas senior and Mason's former teammate, witnessed that transformation firsthand, and the two reminisced about the journey Wednesday morning. "But like I said before, I'm just happy to be here". He averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and three assists a game in over 30 minutes per game as a freshman.
After that, it is anyone's guess, but Kansas' Josh Jackson should be one of the next players off the board.
What makes Mason such an intriguing prospect, Graham said, is his tenacious attitude and will to win, which he displayed time and time again throughout the 2016-17 season.
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In Jackson, Graham sees numerous same traits as Mason - athleticism and an impressive will to win.
DraftExpress.com now has the Celtics taking Tatum at No. 3, while ESPN's Chad Ford has him going to the Phoenix Suns at No. 4. "They know I'm competitive, and I'm all about winning". "With Frank, I think he's a pitbull, a great shooter, someone that gives 110 percent all the time. He's just - he's a victor". "I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn't really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them, but then after they did the flip and went to No 3, by then it was too late".
The Boston Celtics hold the 3rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The quick takeaway from this is that if we view this as simply a swap of players, my models project that it's more likely that the Sixers got the better player out of the deal, even without considering the consensus outside of Waltham, MA.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens are of like mind in that they put a premium on intense, defensive-minded competitors. "So I don't really see how people would think two guys like me and Jaylen playing together would be any type of issue at all". But to help quantify that I created a Monte Carlo simulation of 1,000 runs that adjusts each player's score based on the past error rate of the model.