August 2, 2020, 6:41 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum rebounded nicely from Friday's 2-for-18 shooting performance, going 11-for-22 en route to 34 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, a block and five threes in a 128-124 win over the Blazers.
Tatum looked rusty on Friday but brought the goods today, quelling any concerns that skittish fantasy players might've had about the young star's outlook. He's going to be carrying a heavy burden for the Celtics, especially while Kemba Walker is limited, so first-round fantasy numbers are very much in play over Boston's final six resumption games.
July 31, 2020, 9:57 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum had a forgettable evening on Friday, going 2-for-18 from the field and 1-for-2 from the line, missing all four shot attempts from deep to finish with five points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
This was a shocker coming from Tatum, who has been a fantasy stud for most of 2019-20. There's no real cause for concern here and it's not unreasonable to expect a bounce-back game from him sooner rather than later.
July 28, 2020, 6:54 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum will not play on Tuesday night after being given the night off to rest according to Brad Stevens.
Tatum will join a host of others on the sideline for Tuesday's scrimmage against the Rockets. Along with Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, the Celtics will be basically running their second and even third units all night. There is no reason to be concerned here and those targeting Tatum in drafts will still need to part with a first-round pick to secure his services.
Source: Chris Fosberg on Twitter
July 26, 2020, 4:19 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 21 points in Sunday's 117-103 scrimmage win over the Suns, adding a steal and three 3-pointers while shooting 7-for-13 from the field.
Brown's looked good in the two scrimmage games so far, which is good to see after a right hamstring strain kept him out of Boston's final four games of the regular season. Gordon Hayward chipped in 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers while Jayson Tatum added 16 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two treys. Safe to say that Boston's forward group looks ready.
July 24, 2020, 7:28 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum struggled on Friday during an 84-98 defeat against the Thunder, going 1-of-6 from the field for three points, alongside four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers.
Tatum was a monster before COVID-19 put a stop to the season, and one would be smart to simply ignore Tatum's poor display in this game. He has set himself apart as the number one option for the Celtics, and he should be ready for a strong finish to the season when play resumes later this month. Buckle up and enjoy watching Tatum put a close to his breakout season.
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.