James and Tatum were drafted ahead of the likes of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, Anthony Bennett and Malik Monk.
James had a similar ranking in his draft year, and is a top 10 prospect in his class.
Tatum had a slight advantage because he was ranked higher in his first year than he was the following year.
The duo were a combined 19th and 20th in the draft class.
It’s worth noting that while both players are talented, the Celtics didn’t really draft an elite player at No. 1 overall in the class.
They did draft four-star guard Tatum in the first round.
But he’s gone on to be a star at Kansas, where he’s averaging 22.7 points and 6.4 assists per game.
Tumors career was highlighted by his national championship win in the 2016 NCAA tournament.
He averaged 20.6 points and 8.2 assists in the tournament, which he won.
It should come as no surprise that the Celtics made the most of Tatum.
They signed him to a four-year deal worth $40 million.
They were able to make a deal with him on a five-year contract.
In that deal, they could extend him into his 20s at a time when his production has dipped considerably.
In his second season with the Celtics, he’s shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from three-point range.
It makes sense that they would use him on the perimeter, but Tatum is more of a playmaker and he’s better off in the paint.
While he’s good in the pick-and-roll, he can’t get to the rim or finish at the rim.
Tums best attribute is his passing ability.
He’s averaged 6.2 assist per game and 7.8 assists per 40 minutes.
If Tatum can improve his shooting, he could be a real steal for Boston.
His athleticism is something the Celtics have struggled with in recent years.
He needs to improve his dribbling and finish.
The Celtics have a lot of question marks surrounding their depth at the power forward position.
If he can improve in those areas, he should be a great fit for Boston at the next level.