Hardly a game goes by without someone within the NBA praising Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum. Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was the latest to chime in and offer his praises for the Celtics’ star youngster.
According to The Republican’s Jay King, Van Gundy remarked prior to the Pistons’ game against the Celtics that he thought Tatum was the best prospect in the 2017 draft.
“OK, I'm not surprised (by Tatum's quick success). I thought he was the best prospect in the draft. He's got all the tools,” Van Gundy said. “Everything else was there — his ability to put the ball on the floor and get shots. He's got a real poise to him. He's better defensively than people think. He's long. He's really, really good, and I'm sorry he's there (in Boston) for the next however many years.”
If Van Gundy actually was telling the truth in terms of his evaluation of Jayson Tatum, then he’s quickly been proven right by the promising young forward. The Celtics rookie has exhibited all the tools Stan Van Gundy described en route to averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Tatum had a quiet 11 points and four rebounds against the Pistons but still went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to extend his lead as the best 3-point shooter in the league at 52 percent.
Unfortunately for Stan Van Gundy and the rest of the league, Jayson Tatum is still only 19 years old and he can only get better in the coming years as a Celtic.