One of the most polished rookies in the league, Jayson Tatum has impressed everybody this season. He’s probably the most polished rookie in the league. He’s a blossoming weapon in all facets of the game. The Celtics could not be happier with Danny Ainge for seeing this in the rook. Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and 5.4 boards on only 10 shots a game. Through these minimal shots, Tatum has still produced highlight after highlight. Here are his best of the season so far.
January 29 vs Denver: The Rookie gets gross on Denver
Young & gifted.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) January 30, 2018
Handles to finish. Tatum dances all over the Nuggets. That’s no rookie move.
January 29 vs Denver: Dropped
Jayson Tatum with the INSANE footwork. pic.twitter.com/8afuLJdoNO
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 30, 2018
Tatum strikes again. Not a lot to say here besides, eat that Torrey Craig.
February 3rd vs Atlanta: Career High
— NBA (@NBA) February 3, 2018
When you get your career high, you get the highlight. Tatum had multiple slams in the game, and took over a scoring role with Irving injured.
January 5 vs Minnesota: Crammin’ on KAT
Jayson Tatum uses the screen to get into the paint! #NBABreakdown
— NBA (@NBA) January 27, 2018
Cramming on one of the best players in the league is never a bad thing.
January 31 vs New York: Letting the Rook Iso
Jayson Tatum 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/B9iIcgoKoj
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 1, 2018
That’s just a great move. Quick fake right puts his defender right out of the picture. He gets into the lane with speed and flushes it. Not a great idea to jump with the rook. The Knicks make a smart business position here.
January 6 vs Brooklyn: Clutch throwdown
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 7, 2018
Giving the Celtics the one point lead, Tatum wasn’t done.
Jayson Tatum’s game clinching three pointer. This rookie has had a brilliant start to his career.
— ☘️Celtics Extra (@CelticsExtra) January 7, 2018
Clutch is something you can’t teach, and Tatum has it.
December 18 vs Indiana: Sabonis gets baptized
— Boston Sports #1 (@BF6NEPats) December 19, 2017
That’s just gross. Tatum escapes his defender and just puts it on Sabonis’ head.
November 20 vs Dallas: Back to yamming on people
Retweeted Celtics News (@CelticsNewsNBA):
— Heldeni Canêda (@heldeni3rios) November 21, 2017
Shouldn’t have jumped. That didn’t need to happen. Works for me, though.
October 24 vs New York: The Putback of Tatum’s season
— #DallasCowboys #GYM (@RealboyNithin) October 25, 2017
New York never saw it coming. Tatum hones in and throws it back down. You can’t be a Celtics fan, watch this and not get sweaty palms.
January 19 vs Philadelphia: Stuffed
Jayson Tatum with the block of the Night! pic.twitter.com/xc1TQG9U3b
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 19, 2018
That’s an impressive block no matter who you are. Tatum has the instincts on both ends, and he shows that here. The kid is so polished already, and we’ll see plenty more of these.
February 2 vs Toronto: Spin, slam, see ya
Jayson Tatum throws down the two-handed slam! pic.twitter.com/ARNX28qFzO
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) February 3, 2018
Did I mention he’s polished? This man cannot be contained, and he’s learning more moves every day.