The Celtics have been one of the most dominant forces so far in the early NBA season. Even after starting the season 0-2 and losing one of their key components that they acquired in the offseason. Losing Gordon Hayward was devastating, but there is a silver lining. Increased minutes for the 2017 3rd round pick, Jayson Tatum has shown that he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
It may be too soon to label him the Truth 2.0, but Tatum has a solid foundation to be a cornerstone piece for this new high octane Boston team. Standing at 6’8, and showing the skills to defend positions 1-4, the young man is the perfect size for positionless basketball. He’s shown a nice touch from outside shooting a remarkable 47.8% from beyond the arc. On the other side of the ball he’s averaging a steal and block per contest.
Going forward Tatum will most likely start to see a dip in minutes, especially when Hayward returns. So this year is essential for the development of the young rookie to find his place on a championship contending team. Tatum showed that he was ready for the big stage after being the third Celtic to notch a double-double in their league debut. Even after being swatted by Lebron James in the first half and being out of defensive rhythm.
Since then, the young forward has been on an absolute tear. Even impressing fellow former Blue Devil and teammate, Kyrie Irving. Then the Truth comparisons really took full effect, when Paul Pierce himself said that the rookie has tremendous offensive talent. That if he put in the work the sky is the limit for this young man.
In the fourth quarter this season, Tatum is shooting in the top five for field goal percentages at 66%. Not to mention that during those crucial minutes he’s shooting 64% from beyond the three.
76ers blooming star Ben Simmons is getting all of the early Rookie of the Year praise. Though Tatum deserves just as much on a more competitive team. With a young core going forward for these next few years, Jayson Tatum looks to be an All-Star in the making.