Jayson Tatum on the former Celtic he’d like to play for
Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum was very candid in his Tuesday Reddit AMA. The 21-year-old answered fan questions about his 2018 playoff performance, his offseason work with Kobe Bryant and more. In a fun hypothetical, Tatum was also asked about which former Celtic he would most like to play with. His response included a light-hearted dig at one Boston legend.
“I would say Paul Pierce, but he liked to score. So, Rondo because he likes passing a lot!”
Tatum’s initial response was 10-time All-Star Paul Pierce. The small forward spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the Celtics, cementing his role in Boston sports history with the team’s 2007-08 championship run.
But Tatum corrected himself, citing Pierce’s aggressive shooting tendencies. This was probably a good call – during his 19-season career, Pierce averaged 19.7 points, but only 3.5 assists.
Instead, Tatum switched his answer to another Boston mainstay – current Los Angeles Laker Rajon Rondo. The point guard spent the first nine seasons of his career with Boston, making four All-Star teams and helping the Celtics to their 2007-08 title in just his second season.
Rondo’s passing tendencies are well known. The 33-year-old has led the league in assists per game three times. During his time with Boston, he averaged 8.5 assists per game and posted a 41.6% assist rate.
And when the ball is in his hands, Tatum can do some damage. In his sophomore season, he has averaged 15.9 points per game and is only improving. The young star will be key to Boston’s success for many years to come.