Normally, we start our “biography” blogs with the origin story and where it all began. However, this one needs to be different. We need to jump first to the most recent chapter and address what many critics are talking about. A lot of them are saying that Jayson Tatum has to take on most of the blame for the Boston CelticsNBA Finals loss against the Golden State Warriors. Before such conclusions can be made, it is first necessary to look at some numbers that demand respect.

Jayson Tatum and the 2022 NBA playoffs

We’ll just start with these stats provided by Stat Muse:

Regardless of who your favorite player/team is, these facts really cannot be discredited and they show a lot about what kind of baller JT is. Let’s take it a step further and pull up an interesting comparison about first time NBA Finals appearances:

Jayson Tatum: 21.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 3.8 TOV, 36.7 percent FG, 45.5 percent 3PT (also, he was the Eastern Conference Finals Most Valuable Player)

LeBron James: 22.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 5.8 TOV, 35.6 percent FG, 20 percent 3PT (also, the King was swept)

Kobe Bryant: 15.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 TOV, 36.7 percent FG, 20 percent 3PT (also, the Black Mamba was a mentor and great inspiration to JT)

OK, “Taco Jay” can (and probably will) improve on some aspects of his game, but it is rather clear that his story so far looks great and has an even greater outlook.

Jayson Tatum and where it all started

After an impressive high school career in Missouri, there were some rumblings that JT might play college ball where his mother and father attended (Saint Louis University), but given his big time potential he went big – and joined Duke. It didn’t take long for him to go even bigger – and jump to the NBA after just one NCAA season. The move paid off and Jayson was selected as the 3rd overall draft pick by the Boston Celtics at the 2017 NBA draft.

Ascension in the League

Even though he was not the Rookie of the year, Tatum still made the NBA All-Rookie Team 1st team and, more importantly made an impact in his first playoff run where Boston was the second seeded team. He was the first Celtics rookie to score 25 or more points in a playoff game since Larry Bird. He also became the youngest player ever to score at least 20 points in four straight playoff games. Finally, he ended his first postseason run as the only other rookie to record 10 games of 20 or more points during their first playoff run – alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Basically, he put everyone on notice that his game is legit. Oh yeah, in case you did not know the Cs made it to the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF) and lost to the Cavs in a seven game series.

The story continues…

During his second season, Jayson kept improving with some great individual performances while also managing to win the Skills Challenge competition during All-Star Weekend. By his third season, Tatum became an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career and also made the All-NBA Third Team. Boston made it once again to the ECF where they lost (in the bubble) after 6 games against Miami. He at least partially made that year better by winning a gold medal with the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo.
The following season he was again an All-Star due to his constant improvements that led to him becoming the youngest Celtics player to score 50+ points. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, he went and scored 60 points soon afterwards. All of this led to the recently completed season and Finals appearance we already mentioned and that you probably know all or a lot about.

One interesting detail

The fact that he signed with the Jordan Brand on June 21, 2019 is particularly interesting to us. Ever since then, Tatum became the de facto main ambassador for flagship Air Jordan models – meaning it all started with the 34s. It is also interesting that even prior to this he was loyal to Nike and played in the Kyrie and PG basketball shoes as well as in the Nike Adapt BB.
Finally, all of this leads us to wonder when (not if) Jayson Tatum will receive his own signature sneaker line! We firmly believe he deserves it – what are your opinions?