Jayson Tatum's Ceiling Subject of Debate Among NBA Executives

Jayson Tatum goes for 21 in the first half and doesn't score the rest of the game.


While the general consensus among most Celtics fans is that Jayson Tatum will eventually be a star in this league there are some in the NBA who don’t necessarily agree.

In a recent article on ESPN.com Tim Bontempts polled several NBA personnel types and they were very split on what Tatum’s ceiling would be.

There are some who felt Tatum is well on his way to become a star.

  • “I think it’s from a value standpoint,” one East executive said. “I think there are less Tatums than Mitchells — 6-foot-8 primary scorers on teams than 6-foot-2 ones.”
  • “Tatum is, overall, the most well-rounded (of the NBA sophomores)” another said.

There were others who think what you see is what you get with the talented yet flawed 2nd year player.

  • “Tatum might be Carmelo [Anthony]” one West executive said. “He needs the ball in his hands.”
  • “Tatum is a complementary player,” an East executive said.


Carmelo Anthony. Ouch.

On Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tatum turned in another maddening performance that was emblematic of the type of inconsistencies that have plagued him in his sophomore season.

For a half against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tatum looked like he was by far the best player on the floor.

And then he just….disappeared.

Tatum’s final line.

1st Half: 21 points, 9-14 FG

2nd Half: Zero points, 0-3 FG.

It was assumed that Tatum would take off after his spectacular rookie season but he has sputtered in year two. Whether it’s a reliance on iso ball or too many deep, contested two’s  or a recent stretch where he went 12 days without hitting a three pointer.

Either way, the Celtics need to see Tatum return to the type of player he was in last year’s postseason run. If he can get there, any inconsistencies during the regular season will be easily forgiven, and forgotten.


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