Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum Look Damn Good in Summer League Debuts Against Each Other (Video)

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Four days before the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics traded the no. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the no. 3 pick in 2017 plus another first round pick in 2018 or 2019. By doing so, the Celtics essentially passed on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz in favor of Duke forward Jayson Tatum.

While Fultz was considered by most experts to be the best player available in the draft, the move was understandable on the Celtics’ part. Boston already has a superstar point guard in Isaiah Thomas, and he’s only 28 years old. After finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference this past year, they are in win-now mode. Taking Jayson Tatum—who was also considered a can’t-miss prospect—just made more sense.

That said, there’s always going to be second guessing with deals like this. If something happens to Isaiah Thomas, or if Jayson Tatum turns out to be plagued by injuries while Markelle Fultz excels, people will say the trade was a disaster for the Celtics.

The same can be said if things go the other way. If Fultz turns out to be a bust but Tatum enjoys a monster rookie season, people will says the 76ers screwed up.

Of course, as it turns out, Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum made their NBA Summer League debuts against each other on Monday night. And so far it’s looking like the deal is going to work out very well for both teams.

Fultz looked pretty damn good for the 76ers. Here he is getting them on the board in the first quarter:

Here he is putting some sweet moves on the Celtics D in the corner:

And here he is with an EPIC block:

In the end Fultz finished with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting, and he had NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant gushing:

However, Jayson Tatum had a great game as well. Here he is putting two Sixers on a poster with a thunderous one-handed jam:

And here he is getting the last laugh, nailing the game-winner from about 17 feet with just 5.7 left on the clock:

Tatum finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. While he missed four of five three-point attempts, he made up for it with the dunk and the dagger.

We still have to wait and see how Lonzo Ball will do out in L.A., but for now it’s looking like the Rookie of the Year trophy will go to somebody in the Atlantic Division.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report, Uproxx, ESPN]

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