Dr. J likes Jayson Tatum's game as Markelle Fultz sits

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Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving says he thinks Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum looks more like a top pick in the draft than the Sixers' Markelle Fultz.

Tatum scored 28 points during a 117-101 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between Boston and Philadelphia. authentic nfl jerseys Fultz did not play due to a coach's decision.

"Tatum probably should have been the first pick in the draft," Dr. J said Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up!

"He was there. I guess it was all about the fit. We took Fultz. Philly took Fultz. Obviously his rookie year, I think he'll be a rookie again next year, sort of like [Ben] Simmons, because of all the injuries."

Before Game 2 on Thursday night, Fultz responded by brushing aside Erving's comments.51

"I proved why I should be the No.1 pick in college and they drafted me as the No. 1 pick," he told "Now, I'm here. All I can do is improve and keep moving from here. That's all it is."

Tatum and Fultz probably will always be linked. The Sixers traded the third pick in the 2017 draft and another future first-rounder to the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick. Philly selected Fultz, 19, who played one year at Washington. Boston took Tatum, 20, who had played one year at Duke.

A shoulder injury limited Fultz to 14 games and contributed to concerns about his shooting form. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season. He played three games in the first round against Miami and scored five points.

Sixers coach Brett Brown kept Fultz on the bench for the final two games of that series and the opener against the Celtics, saying that he was going with the rotation that got Philadelphia to the playoffs.

Tatum, on the other hand, played in 80 games in the regular season,wholesale nfl jerseys averaging 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. In eight games during the playoffs, he's averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds.

"Tatum has been awesome," Erving said. "When you get a player who can raise the level of his game come playoff time, then you've got somebody special, because usually after college, it's tough to make it to the next level. That's why only a handful of players really make it to the next level."

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