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.
Scores 19 in win
FBoston Celtics
November 10, 2019
Tatum mustered 19 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals across 34 minutes in Saturday's 135-115 win in San Antonio.
This was another impressive showing for Tatum. But the bigger news for Tatum and the Celtics is the expected absence of fellow forward Gordon Hayward (hand). With the veteran Hayward out, Boston will look even more to Tatum and Kemba Walker to deliver big scoring totals. The C's now head to Dallas for Monday's matchup with the Mavericks.
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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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Scores 23 in Thursday's win
FBoston Celtics
November 7, 2019
Tatum tallied 23 points (8-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 29 minutes during Thursday's 108-87 win over the Hornets.
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Drains game-winner
FBoston Celtics
November 1, 2019
Tatum delivered 24 points (9-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Friday's 104-102 home win over the Knicks.
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Scores 25 in win over Bucks
FBoston Celtics
October 30, 2019
Tatum produced 25 points (10-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one block over 39 minutes in Wednesday's 116-105 home win over the Bucks.
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Struggling with efficiency thus far
FBoston Celtics
October 27, 2019
Tatum had 15 points (5-17 FG, 2-7 3PT, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, four steals and one block during the Celtics' 118-95 win over the Knicks on Saturday.
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Pops for 25 in win
FBoston Celtics
October 25, 2019
Tatum scored 25 points (8-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes during Friday's 112-106 win over the Raptors.
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