Celtics

Celtics

Sports Illustrated was passing out the superlatives for the upcoming NBA's season's rookie class and Celtics' forward Jayson Tatum is their "most likely to succeed."

But SI calls No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz the "most likely to win rookie of the year." So apparently, SI, via writer Deante Prince, are higher on the long-term development of Tatum. 

Here's Prince's assessment of the rookie the Celtics traded down to the No. 3 spot for (Tatum says the C's would have selected him, and not Fultz, even if they had kept the No. 1 pick): 

There are players with glitzier games and bigger shoe contracts, but few are more versatile than Jayson Tatum, who flashed the full range of his talents at Summer League. He’s been called Paul George Lite before, but the comparison feels more apt now. Obviously that projection hinges on how he develops. In Boston, though, he will have the luxury of being brought along slowly. Celtics president Danny Ainge coveted Tatum so much that one has to believe his future in Boston will be a bright one.

Among SI's other superlatives is "Most Likely to Have a Parent Storm the Court" - the Lakers' Lonzo Ball, and his omnipresent father, LaVar, are the runaway winners there.