Jayson Tatum makes history with record no other Celtics player has done
There’s no question that Jayson Tatum is on his way to greatness. The 22-year-old Boston Celtics forward is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA and is paving his own path to etch his name in the history books.
On Monday, Tatum was at it again as he dropped 40 points against the Toronto Raptors to make him the first player in Celtics history to tally three 40-point games before hitting the age of 23.
Even more impressive was that Tatum did it quite efficiently. He shot 11-of-15 from the field, including 5-8 from long distance. He was a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in just 32 minutes of play to lead Beantown to a 126-114 win.
Jayson Tatum is the first player in Boston Celtics franchise history with three 40-point games before turning 23. pic.twitter.com/tS9juE7pi7
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 5, 2021
The Celtics deeply believe in Tatum, as proven by his five-year maximum extension worth $195 million deal in the offseason. Alongside Jaylen Brown, Tatum looks poised to spearhead the storied squad for years to come.
Now in his fourth year, the Duke alumnus is expected to have another breakout campaign to put himself in the running for one of the best swingmen in today’s NBA. He has continually improved his game and has evolved to be one of the most clutch bucket-getters.
Last season, he averaged career-highs of 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists as he was named to his first NBA All-Star Game. He was also selected as part of the All-NBA Third Team after leading the Celtics all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Clearly, the sky’s the limit for Jayson Tatum.