Mike D’Antoni praises Jayson Tatum’s rookie season
Since entering the league, Jayson Tatum has been a bright spot for the Boston Celtics. He has been able to showcase his impressive skill set and gives his team a lot of versatility with his ability to play and defend multiple positions.
The Duke product’s solid averages of 14.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists has also turned a lot of heads and made many fans believe that he will be a future star in the league. That includes Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, who had nothing but good words to say about him, via Jarred Weiss of USA TODAY Sports. He even had to be careful with his words to avoid getting fined when discussing what has impressed him most about Tatum’s game.
Mike D'Antoni loves Jayson Tatum so much that he's scared he'll get fined for it:
"I’m trying to think what I can say without it being tampering. He’s going to be a solid if not All-Star level type player for a long, long time. There’s actually nothing he can’t do."
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) December 28, 2017
Tatum was selected third overall by the C’s last June after they traded the top overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. While many were surprised with that move, the team was confident they will be better pulling it off as they can still select him despite moving down two spots. His game has been complimentary to their starters and Tatum is also showing maturity beyond his years especially with his composure when the game is on the line.
D’Antoni and the Rockets will have the chance to see how good Tatum really is on Thursday as they will visit the Celtics in Beantown. However, he is hoping they will be able to limit his production — as well as his teammates — in order to get the road win on the night and to get back to their winning ways by snapping out of their current three-game losing streak.