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Jul 4, 2017
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A lot of people were left scratching their heads when Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge traded down in the recently concluded NBA draft.

Trader Danny swapped the first overall pick (from the Brooklyn Nets) with the Philadelphia 76ers' No. 3 selection and either a first-rounder in 2018 and 2019. As projected, the Sixers went with Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington, while Boston got their guy in Duke's Jayson Tatum.

At least in the first game of Fultz and Tatum against each other in the Summer League, it seemed that Ainge made the right decision.

Not to say that Fultz had a subpar performance; he did have 17 points (although on 6-for-16 shooting), running circles around defenders and draining a couple of bombs from long range. He also made his presence felt on the other side of the floor with three blocks.

Only Tatum was more impressive. The former Blue Devil looked like the higher pick, as he finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and five steals. More importantly, he hit the game-winner for his team.

If this is indeed the future of the NBA, then count us in. With everything that is going on in the league in terms of player movement, the impact of homegrown talent is such a refreshing sight.

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