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Jayson Tatum on growing since entering NBA — ‘I tell everybody I’ve got the same genes as Giannis’


The popularity of Boston Celtics incoming third-year man Jayson Tatum continues to grow as he gains more experience in the league. As it turns out, it’s not only his fame that continues to rise, as Tatum has actually physically grown since he joined the league a couple of years ago as a 19-year-old.

According to Tatum himself, he believes that he has yet to reach his maximum height (and weight), and even joked that he shares the same genes as Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“I tell everybody I’ve got the same genes as Giannis,” Tatum said, via Jay King of The Athletic. “I’m still growing. Like, three more inches and 30 more pounds.”

Just imagine a 6-foot-8, 208-pound (his listed height and weight) Tatum growing a few more inches and putting on a lot more muscle. Surely, that would be a sight to behold, and he would definitely become a force to be reckoned with in the league.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. According to Tatum himself, he has only grown three-quarters of an inch since joining the league, so barring a late growth spurt, we probably shouldn’t expect the former Duke standout to get much taller in the next few years.

Putting on weight is another matter, however. Tatum could very easily hire a fitness coach if he wanted to bulk up, and while it won’t be a walk in the park, gaining more mass is definitely something he could achieve.

Last season, Tatum averaged 15.7 points (on 45.0 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 31.1 minutes per contest. More of the same is expected of him this term, with a revamped Celtics side looking to remain as a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.