Jayson Tatum has already proved that he’s the best player from the 2017 class. He took the league by storm since day one and even though his progress has been stalled a bit for all the players he had to share the ball with, he’s still one of the best players in the league already.
Tatum is blossoming into a standout two-way stud. However, it seems like people tend to take him for granted or say he’s overrated despite the fact that he’s already putting All-Star caliber numbers in just his third season in the league.
So, the guys from The NBA Ace took it up to themselves to put Tatum’s numbers into context by comparing them to other stars from the league. As you’re about to see, he’s turned into one of the best all-around and most efficient players in the NBA:
More Points Per Game Than: Kemba Walker (21.2), Khris Middleton (21.1), Joel Embiid (23.4), Jimmy Butler (20.2), Paul George (21.0)
Jayson Tatum was going through a scoring outburst before the hiatus of the season. Thus far, he’s posted averages of 23.6 points per game on 44/39/80 shooting splits, and while that may not be that impressive in modern basketball, he’s still scoring more points per game than many stars.
Kemba Walker (21.2), Khris Middleton (21.1), Joel Embiid (23.4), Jimmy Butler (20.2), and Paul George (21.0) are just a handful of the stars Tatum is outscoring on a nightly basis this season.
More Rebounds Per Game Than: Enes Kanter (7.7), Zion Williamson (6.8), Al Horford (6.9), Montrezl Harrell (7.1), Marc Gasol (6.3), Khris Middleton (6.2)
Jayson Tatum is putting up a lot of effort on both sides of the glass. His rebounds per game averages continue to rise as seasons go by and he’s now grabbing 7.1 boards a night, trailing just Enes Kanter (7.7) as the RPG leader of the Celtics.
Most importantly, that also means he’s averaging more rebounds per game than Zion Williamson (6.8), Al Horford (6.9), Montrezl Harrell (7.1), Marc Gasol (6.3), and Khris Middleton (6.2), which is a lot to say.
More Steals Per Game Than: Patrick Beverley (1.1), Paul George (1.3), Khris Middleton (0.9), Draymond Green (1.3), Matisse Thybulle (1.4).
Tatum made it to the NBA with a reputation for being an offensive jewel. However, his defense is clearly far ahead of schedule as well and he’s made a name for himself as a two-way player in just three seasons in the league. He won’t back down from a defensive challenge.
As a matter of fact, Tatum is currently averaging more steals per game (1.4) than several defensive specialists like Patrick Beverley (1.1), Paul George (1.3), Khris Middleton (0.9), Draymond Green (1.3), and Matisse Thybulle (1.4).
Higher +/- Than: Anthony Davis (5.2), James Harden (4.1), Luka Doncic (4.8), Russell Westbrook (2.7), Damian Lillard (1.2)
You know what they say. It’s all about efficiency. Luckily for the Boston Celtics, Tatum is one of the most efficient players in the league and they clearly benefit a lot from his presence on the court, as you can tell by his +/- of 7.5 (9th in the league)
Believe it or not, that +/- is higher than the ones players like Anthony Davis (5.2), James Harden (4.1), Luka Doncic (4.8), Russell Westbrook (2.7), and Damian Lillard (1.2). That tells you just enough about his great and underrated season.