July 7, 2020, 5:54 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum put it all together as the new top dog in Boston, posting top-20/12 value (8/9-cat) in an outstanding season.
A reshuffled roster led to a much clearer pecking order, and Tatum thrived as the primary option. There was a two-month stretch towards the end of the year where he was a comfortable top-10 option. The third-year forward put up career-bests all over the board, including 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers. Tatum added 3.5 minutes to his nightly average this season but saw an increase of nearly six shots per game as the main beneficiary of Kyrie Irving's departure. While Tatum's percentages actually dipped (from .450 to .448 FG% and .855 to .806 FT%), the volume gains were too great to be dragged down. As Tatum continues to improve, he should be in the group of players that gets selected around the first round turn in fantasy drafts.
June 17, 2020, 8:45 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
A source told NBC Sports Boston that the rumors that Jayson Tatum is reluctant to play when the season returns are “Not true.”
A report from New York Daily News earlier this week suggested that Tatum was hesitant to return over concerns that he would get injured and impact his opportunity to sign a max extension this offseason. A source told NBC Sports Boston that “He’s concerned like every other player about returning to play. There’s a lot… going on in the world that players need to be more concerned about. But sitting out because of the contract? Hell no!” The source continued to say that the rising COVID-19 cases in Orlando were a bigger concern for Tatum than the risk of injury.
Source: NBC Sports Boston
June 13, 2020, 9:47 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA's star young players are looking for league-financed insurance against injuries ahead of returning to play in Orlando.
Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum spoke with the National Basketball Players Association about facilitating talks with the NBA on insurance policies. These players are eligible for their rookie extensions at the beginning of free agency and could be at an increased risk of injury given the unprecedented restart this season. It is a reasonable conversation to have given the uncertain circumstances. The group of young players are hoping their influence will force the league to consider providing insurance for them and the rest of the players.
May 29, 2020, 3:46 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
On Friday, the Celtics' announced that their practice facilities would reopen on June 1.
That leaves us with four NBA teams without access to their facilities. Things are beginning to accelerate throughout the league as teams ramp up activities in hopes of resuming competition in Orlando on July 31. So far so good, but the NBA still has many hurdles to overcome on the path to resuming the season.
Source: Celtics PR on Twitter
May 15, 2020, 3:49 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Celtics' President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, is hopeful that the team will be able to return to its practice facilities next week.
Ainge's comments extended the timeline to a degree, as he was hoping for Monday or later in the week. Also on Thursday, Brad Stevens indicated that the team was aiming to return on Monday. Either way, the Celtics are getting closer to resuming limited workouts, but Massachusetts has been one of the more cautious states when assessing the COVID-19 situation. The situation will be a slow progression of baby steps.
May 12, 2020, 10:09 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
According to Shams Charania, the National Basketball Players Association sent a memo to agents on Tuesday evening indicating that the sense is both the players and people around the league office would like to conclude the 2019-20 season, which is currently postponed.
This comes on the heels of commissioner Adam Silver's video conference with Chris Paul (the president of the NBPA) and multiple other high-profile NBA superstars that occurred earlier Tuesday. During the call, players apparently made it clear that they would like to finish the current season. The memo from the players also announced that Paul, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry and Dwight Powell will be serving on a newly-formed committee that will work alongside the NBA on ways to safely and successfully play games during the current public health predicament posed by the coronavirus. With other leagues like Major League Baseball and NASCAR slowly planning their returns to competitive action, basketball fans can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 14, 2020, 12:33 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Speaking on The Jump, Jayson Tatum revealed that he hasn't been able to touch a basketball since the Celtics' last game in Indiana.
The game in question took place nearly 5 weeks ago on March 10th, highlighting a major issue that the league faces when/if things resume. Many players will need time to get back into game shape, and there isn't much time to give them. Though, the league has been doing their due diligence in weighing a multitude of options for when and how to finish off the season.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 9:52 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum had 30 points (11-of-22 FG, 3-of-9 3PT), six rebounds, two assists and four steals in 35 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, as the Celtics were victorious 114-111.
Even though Tatum was coming off a two-game stretch where he shot the ball under 40-percent from the floor, he still belongs in the fantasy MVP conversation this season. His value sits inside the top-12 on the year and he's nearly a top-5 guy over the last two months. There isn't much else to say at this point. If you drafted him last fall, you struck gold.
March 8, 2020, 9:45 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum did not shoot the ball well as he put up 19 points on 8-of-22 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Thunder.
Tatum missed the game-winning shot over Chris Paul and was unable to get in a rhythm. Kemba Walker got stripped with under ten seconds remaining which led to Dennis Schroder's game-winning layup. Walker could not find a rhythm either as he had just 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Tatum and Walker should bounce back next game as they are the two best fantasy assets on the Celtics.
March 6, 2020, 11:27 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum finally cooled off a bit on Friday, making just 7-of-19 shots from the field for 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two 3s and two steals in 33 minutes.
Tonight marks the end of Tatum's streak of scoring 30-plus points or more at five games. That said, he still managed to land on a comfortable floor with this performance. He's done enough to warrant some slack, especially considering his recent body of work. Chalk this up to a bit of correction and keep riding him until the clover leaves fall off.
March 4, 2020, 9:36 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum turned in well-rounded effort on Wednesday night, finishing with 32 points (11-24 FG, 5-10 3PT), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.
Tatum continues to scorch opponents just in time for most league's fantasy playoffs. Over the last two months, he has been a top-10 player. Continue to deploy Tatum with confidence, even if he does cool down a bit.
March 4, 2020, 5:44 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum (illness) will play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Cavs.
Tatum has been red-hot over the last two weeks and is now producing 2nd/1st round value in 8/9-cat leagues. He should see an even greater workload on Wednesday with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker sidelined. Lock him in across formats.
Source: Steve Bulpett on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 5:42 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right hamstring) has been ruled out for at least one week.
Brown was already ruled out of Wednesday's game earlier in the day but will now miss at least an additional three games. His next opportunity to play is next Thursday against the Bucks. While Brown is sidelined, Jayson Tatum will be leaned on more heavily. Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye could also see their roles increase.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 1:06 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum (illness) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.
Earlier reports had pegged him as unlikely to travel to Cleveland, so this is positive news for his owners. Tatum missed Tuesday's matchup, but he's in a prime spot to put up big numbers with so many other Celtics sidelined.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 6:07 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum (illness) is officially being ruled out ahead of Tuesday's game against the Nets.
Tatum wasn't expected to play tonight, so hopefully, owners already had a backup plan in place. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward should pick up additional wing minutes in Tatum's absence.
Source: Jay King on Twitter