Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a third-place finish for Rookie of the Year, much was expected of Tatum in his sophomore season. But the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward seemed to dampen Tatum's development. In particular, Hayward and Tatum were an awkward fit together during the first half of the season, resulting in many ugly mid-range jumpers for both forwards. Eventually, Hayward was moved to the bench, freeing things up, somewhat, for Tatum. The Duke product ended the year with a slight uptick in points, rebounds and assists over his rookie season, but didn't earn the big leap forward many predicted. That could change in year three, now that the Celtic depth chart has thinned due to the departures of Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and Aron Baynes. Despite the addition of Kemba Walker, some in Boston are referring to this season as "Plan J", with more of an emphasis on youngsters Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Early on, it will be interesting to see if Walker or Tatum are the first options on offense. The door is open for the 21-year-old Tatum to be a true leader in Boston, especially if he can resist those ugly mid-range jumpers. 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.
Back at practice Thursday
FBoston Celtics
October 17, 2019
Tatum (illness) participated in Thursday's practice, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Tatum was held out of Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavaliers due to an illness, but as expected, it didn't end up costing him much time. He'll be ready to go for the regular season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Out Tuesday
FBoston Celtics
October 14, 2019
Tatum is battling an illness and will not play Tuesday against the Cavaliers, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
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Puts up 20 in preseason opener
FBoston Celtics
October 7, 2019
Tatum scored 20 points (8-14 FG, 3-8 3PT, 1-3 FT) in Sunday's preseason win over the Hornets.
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Ankle feels fine
FBoston Celtics
October 1, 2019
Tatum said his ankle felt fine after Tuesday's practice, Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal reports.
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Will be healthy for camp
FBoston Celtics
September 23, 2019
Tatum (ankle) will be fully healthy when training camp opens, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Sits out loss to France
FBoston Celtics
September 11, 2019
Tatum (ankle) didn't play Wednesday in Team USA's 89-79 loss to France in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.
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