Celtics’ Jayson Tatum chasing down Paul Pierce for Boston record
Jayson Tatum has heard all the Paul Pierce comparisons ever since the Boston Celtics drafted him third overall in 2017. On Friday, the two-time All-Star further aligned himself alongside “The Truth” in the annals of the Celtics’ rich history.
After dropping 34 points in the Celtics 122-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Tatum recorded his 27th career 30-point game before reaching 24 years of age, per Stat Muse. Pierce currently holds the record by accomplishing it 32 times back in his early years in Celtics green.
Jayson Tatum tonight:
It’s his 27th career 30-point game, the 2nd most in Celtics franchise history before turning 24 (Paul Pierce, 32). pic.twitter.com/dfo9EECGBD
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 27, 2021
Tatum, of course, won’t turn 24-years-old since next year so it’s safe to say that he’ll likely overtake Pierce in the near future. He can even eclipse the one-time NBA champion before season ends if he continues his hot streak.
Despite the Celtics’ inconsistent showings in the 2020-21 season so far, Tatum has continued his development into one of the best players in the league today. He made 13 of his 18 field goals against the Bucks, including four made triples, en-route to his game-high 34 points. Tatum also finished with seven dimes, six boards, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes. Tatum entered the Bucks match-up with stellar averages of 24.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 37.6 from long range while recording 6.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 steals.
Pierce, on the other hand, is recognized as one of the best players to ever don the Celtics colors. Boston has had its fair share of incredible talents. Tatum has a chance to join that elite group once it’s all said and done. Even Pierce knows this, as he called Tatum a “superstar in the making” back in his rookie season.