TEAM: Boston Celtics POSITION: Small Forward
HT/WT: 2.03 m, 95 kg DOB: 3/3/1998 (24)
COLLEGE: Duke DRAFT INFO: 2017: Rd 1, Pk 3 (BOS)
STATUS: Active EXPERIENCE: 4th Season
BIRTHPLACE: Saint Louis, MO
Boston Celtics: 2017-CURRENT (5 SEASONS)
All-NBA 1st Team (2022)
All-NBA 3rd Team (2020)
All-Rookie 1st Team (2018)
Jayson Christopher Tatum Sr. is an American professional basketball player, currently playing for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school in Missouri and went on to play college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils before being drafted into the NBA in 2017. The Boston Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. Tatum was voted the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2022. He is a three-time NBA All-Star. He was also a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic squad in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal.
Boston Celtics (2017–present)
2017–18 season: Rookie season
Tatum was chosen to the NBA All-Rookie Team on May 22, 2018. (First Team).
2018–19 season: Sophomore season
2019–20 season: First All-Star and All-NBA appearances
The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in Tatum’s three years in the NBA after winning the series against the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors in four and seven games, respectively, in the 2020 NBA playoffs. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, were ousted in six games by the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. And 4.8 seconds left in Game 1, with the Celtics behind by two in the final seconds, Tatum’s game-tying dunk attempt was blocked by Heat center Bam Adebayo, allowing Miami to win 117–114. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team, his first selection of career, courtesy of a brilliant season.
2020–21 season: Play-in appearance and a first-round exit
Tatum tallied 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists in a 102–82 blowout win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, tying the series at 2–2. He had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists in the series-deciding Game 7 against Miami, leading the Celtics to their first NBA Finals berth since 2010. After averaging 25.0 points, 8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game in the Eastern Conference Finals, Tatum was voted the series’ first MVP.