Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum
21-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. Celtics exercised $7.83 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Poor shooting continues
FBoston Celtics
May 8, 2019
Tatum totaled 14 points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a block over 27 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
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Tatum finished Wednesday's loss with an poor shooting performance, draining only three of 10 attempts from the field. He ends the series having shot only 36.3 percent, and the Celtics' season is now over. Tatum shined in last year's playoffs, but with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back in the fold this year, his production trailed off noticeably.
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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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Double-doubles in loss
FBoston Celtics
May 6, 2019
Tatum finished with 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks over 35 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Monday.
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Strong showing in Game 3 loss
FBoston Celtics
May 3, 2019
Tatum totaled 20 points (7-14 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 37 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
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Another solid scoring night Friday
FBoston Celtics
April 19, 2019
Tatum contributed 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over Indiana.
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Scores 26 in win
FBoston Celtics
April 17, 2019
Tatum finished with 26 points (11-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 38 minutes Wednesday against Indiana.
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Good to go for Game 1
FBoston Celtics
April 13, 2019
Tatum (shin) is expected to be fine for Sunday's Game 1 against the Pacers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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