Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Had it not been for historic debuts from Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell, Tatum would have been the Rookie of the Year frontrunner. The No. 3 overall pick got off to a red-hot start from beyond the arc and eventually settled into his role as one of the Celtics' premier scoring threats. Tatum was at his best in the postseason, averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting better than 47 percent from the field during the Celtics' run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Of course, Tatum's breakout may not have been possible had it not been for Gordon Hayward's season-ending injury five minutes into opening night, and the biggest hurdle facing the 20-year-old may be how he'll fit into the offensive hierarchy with Hayward back in the mix. In a normal situation, Tatum would be on the short list of players poised to make the leap toward legitimate stardom, but on one of the deepest teams in recent memory, Tatum may be forced to settle for a secondary role for the time being, provided Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown all stay relatively healthy. With that in mind, expectations should be tempered for Tatum, though he should again be a hyper-efficient scorer for his age, who carries significantly more value in dynasty/multi-season leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12.35 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2017.
Posts double-double in win
FBoston Celtics
December 13, 2018
Tatum mustered 12 points (6-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, and one steal across 40 minutes in Wednesday's 130-125 win over the Wizards.
While the double-double sounds nice, Tatum put up a rather inefficient effort in the win. His outside shot wasn't dropping, he recorded zero assists and he failed to get to the foul line. Boston has drastically increased their total pass count during their seven game win streak, but you wouldn't know it watching Tatum's excessive dribbling. The recent emergence of veteran Marcus Morris (18.6 points per game over his last seven contests) is eating into Tatum's numbers. Look for Tatum to bounce back Friday at home versus the Hawks.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The third overall pick in the draft had a very exciting Summer League before a foot issue forced an early exit. During six games at Utah and Las Vegas, Tatum averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds, demonstrating pro-level one-on-one offensive moves that included a deadly step-back jumper and quick drives to the bucket. Supported by 20-year-old Jaylen Brown who often played point guard, the 19-year-old Tatum showed flashes of greatness which underlined GM Danny Ainge’s assertion that had Boston stuck with the number one pick, they still would have drafted Tatum. With Summer League behind him, Tatum must face the bigger issue of where he’ll play knowing that Boston just added free agent star Gordon Hayward. Hayward, Tatum and Brown are all small forwards, so Coach Brad Stevens will need to get creative to make sure all three get valuable minutes. Expect Brown to see time at shooting guard while the 6’8” Tatum plays some undersized power forward. The Celtics lack an obvious power forward starter, so Tatum should expect some small-ball minutes at the four. Newly acquired Marcus Morris could also be an impediment to major minutes for Tatum. It will be interesting to see how Stevens balances the team’s Finals aspirations while attempting to develop his two young stars, Tatum and Brown. The Celtics have arguably the deepest roster in the Association, which will make it difficult for Tatum to see big time minutes during his rookie season.
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Scores 21 points in Monday's win
FBoston Celtics
December 10, 2018
Tatum collected 21 points (10-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in 33 minutes during Monday's 113-100 win over the Pelicans.
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Hot shooting continues
FBoston Celtics
December 9, 2018
Tatum finished with 18 points (7-9 FG, 4-4 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists across 21 minutes Saturday in the Celtics' 133-77 triumph over the Bulls.
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Production on rise
FBoston Celtics
December 7, 2018
Tatum notched 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and two steals across 26 minutes Thursday in the Celtics' 128-100 win over the Knicks.
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Sniffs a double-double Saturday
FBoston Celtics
December 1, 2018
Tatum finished with 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Saturday's 118-109 victory over the Timberwolves.
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Pours in 20 points Monday
FBoston Celtics
November 26, 2018
Tatum managed 20 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block across 35 minutes in Monday's 124-107 win over the Pelicans.
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