Future Watch: Jayson Tatum Rookie Basketball Cards, Celtics – For the second year in a row, the Boston Celtics picked third in the NBA draft. In recent years General Manager Danny Ainge had acquired a war chest of draft picks. He added to his arsenal when he traded the #1 pick in the 2017 draft to Philadelphia for the #3 pick. Despite the drop from first to third, Ainge felt he had selected the best player in the draft.
The 6′-8″, 205lb, small forward out of Duke earned third-team all-conference honors in the ACC during his only year with the Blue Devils. He was also selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team. Prior to being one-and-done at Duke, Tatum led his high school basketball team to two consecutive Missouri Class 5A state championships. In 2016 he was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game.
His college stat line at Duke shows he is a solid scorer with per game averages of 16.8 points, and 7.3 rebounds. On defense Tatum was no slouch, adding 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Today’s NBA game requires players like Tatum to play and guard multiple positions. Luckily for the Celtics, he fits that mold perfectly. However, he will need to develop his three-point stroke at the NBA level. He shot a mediocre 34% from behind the arc at Duke.
Tatum’s development is on a faster track with the loss of Gordon Hayward to a season-ending injury. In his NBA debut, Tatum played 37 minutes and recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Most impressive, he led the team with four offensive rebounds. Hayward’s absence gives Tatum more shot opportunities , and he could easily finish among the top rookies in scoring. The Celtics will make frequent appearances on national television this season, and there will be plenty of chances to see Tatum in action. Boston fans and collectors should get a good look at a key piece of the Celtics for years to come.
Jayson Tatum already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Tatum in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
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