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Al Horford on Tatum: He’s as ready as I’ve seen any rookie

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NEWPORT, R.I. —  At age 31, Al Horford is the oldest member of the revamped Celtics. He also has one of the calmest demeanors on the roster. He doesn't get too high or too low about himself or his teammates and calls it likes he sees it.

One player that Horford is already a big fan of in the early stages of training camp is No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum. The 10-year veteran has seen a lot of rookies in the NBA over the past decade, but he's put the Duke product as one of the best he's seen among them from a readiness standpoint.

"Just looking at him from summer league and I’d say he’s probably got to be up there, in my book, to be able to be ready and contribute," Horford explained. "He comes into a unique situation being such a high pick and coming to a team like us where, if he was going to a bottom team, I think we would all agree that he’d be playing a lot of minutes.