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My Outrageous, Green-Tinted, Best-case Scenario Player Comparison for Jayson Tatum

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My Outrageous, Green-Tinted, Best-case Scenario Player Comparison for Jayson Tatum

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When I watched Tatum highlights from high school, I saw Gerald Henderson. When I watching him in college, I saw prime Danny Granger. When I watched him in summer league, I worried that his athleticism and strength would keep him back from being as good as Danny Granger.

But during the regular season against real NBA athletes and in Brad Stevens’ system, Tatum has looked like a really good athlete.

He has made a play like this every game for the Celtics. One night he dunks over Karl Anthony-Towns. Another night he blocks Frank Kaminsky’s 3. Another night he picks Wes Matthews pocket for a break-away dunk. Another night he closes a game in the 4th with a tomahawk slam after a one-dribble drive-by.

He looks all of 6’9” with a 7’4” wingspan. He looks like he has the body to (slowly) fill out to be at least 230 without losing athleticism. He has the quick first step to beat his man. He has back-to-the-basket moves. He has a high finish on his jumpshot that is impossible to block. He has the 3 point shooting. He has the ability to draw fouls.

My Outrageous, Green-Tinted, Best-case Scenario Ceiling Comparison: Kevin Durant

Through 43 games, Jayson Tatum is averaging

14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal on 50-46-83 shooting splits.

Through 43 games, Rookie Durant averaged

19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal on 40-28-87 shooting splits.

The main difference is usage. Durant had the ball a lot more, which means his points were higher but his efficiency was lower. The other main difference is rebounding, which may be partially due to Durant playing guard his rookie year (PJ Carlesimo!).

But they play an almost identical game. They can drive with long strides to get to the basket quickly. They can post up with a variety of moves and fade-aways. They can shoot the 3. They can handle the ball. Their bodies are remarkably similar at the same stage. Both have a confidence, not cockiness, in their abilities. They are both calm in their demeanor. They both effect the game on both sides of the ball and know how to use their length defensively.


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If he is a KD type player

If he is a KD type player than Ainge is a genius!

Seriously I could see what you say, I thought you were going to come up with a lockdown defender who scores usefully not a KD.

We don't know what Tatum's offensive potential is, he could well have been a 20ppg player if he had gone to a legit lottery team instead of being 3rd offensive option at best for the Celtics. But with the expectation of scoring taken off him a bit, he has probably been able to pick his shots more and is given better shooting opportunities than if he was main offensive option.

With Hayward being signed to be a legit 20ppg player as well as all else he brings, where Tatum ends up longer term in the Celtics scoring options remains to be seen.

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I think he's more Danny Granger

Tatum is definitely not the next Durant. He just looks like him in Stevens' system, and you may be biased because you are a Celtics fan, and are still living in the what-if stage of having Gordan Hayward available to play.

Durant is a small forward who can also play power forward because of his height. He is 7' with a big body and a ton of athleticism. (He was compared to Dirk Nowitski with Tracy McGrady like athleticism when he was a draft prospect.) Tatum is athletic but he is only 6'8 or 6'9, a full 3 or 4 inches shorter than Durant. Nor does he have Durant's body. Durant's body is like a center, but he has the athleticism of small forward. Tatum and Durant have completely different body types, and possibly different athleticism too.

However the Danny Granger comparison isn't too far off.

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Kyle Kuzma is the mirror

Kyle Kuzma is the mirror image Danny Granger as a player...

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Their pre-draft measurements

Their pre-draft measurements were the same. Since then, Durant has grown.

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+1 for the post and for

+1 for the post and for giving some well earned respect to a deserving rookie of the year candidate half way through the season in a year where Simmons has looked like a runaway, but the comparrison is a bit off. Durant is easily taller and longer than him and all measurements aside a basic eyetest can tell that. Measurements wise he is an inch or two shorter which isnt a big difference but his wingspan is not 7'4 its 6'11. Hes a good player and one of a kind with a real bright future although I feel the KD comparison is a bit forced.

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Melo

The ceiling comp for Tatum should be Carmelo Anthony. Both are bruising forwards best suited as a small-ball 4 with great craft in scoring, especially in the post. Durant doesn't really play in the post, and is really like a shooting guard in a center's body. Tatum is really similar to Melo offensively, but on defense, Tatum has really shown a lot more effort than Melo ever has in his rookie season. If the defense is real, Tatum has a chance to be Melo offense and a plus defender. A more realistic comp for him would of course be the aforementioned prime Danny Granger. Right now, I think the worst case for Tatum is him turning into Tobias Harris, which would still be a good player.

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With the Celtics when they

With the Celtics when they get Hayward fit, it will be interesting how they line up Jaylen, Hayward and Tatum potentially at 2 to 4. I think the plan this year was to play Hayward at SG qith Brown at SF and Tatum from the bench. But anklegate has meant Brown now plays SG and Tatum SF.

Hayward and Brown both have bulk on Tatum but he maybe has length on them, could one play as a sttetch 4, could Hayward become the highest paid 6th man in NBA or might it be. Hayward was a top signing, we a paying him mega money and Brad will use him where he wanted to originally and the younger guys shuffle back,

The Lakers pick falling 3 to 5 could complicate it even more!

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elements of many greats

Tatum is my favorite rookie in a long time. The way he plays the game is beautiful. His moves are effortless. But everyone gets his comparison wrong. He's too unique to have a simple comparison. I see many different great players in him:

Manu Ginobili: Tatum is a crafy left, who's bigger than he looks, and gets to the rim using 1 dribble from the 3 point line a la manu.

Paul Pierce: both crafty 1 on 1 wings with the ability to post up and hit fadeaways. Tatum's shooting stroke is is good but often his feet land in a wierd position relative to his shot kinda like the way pierce's legs would spread when he took 3's

Julius Erving: Bill Simmons has already talked about this but Tatum uses the same extendo arm/scoop move/opposite arm lay up move that Julius Erving Pioneered.

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I really like Tatum

To me he remimds me of Sean Elliot

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Otto Porter is an Elliot

Otto Porter is an Elliot clone, Tatum has more advance game, he is somthing between Paul Pierce and Chris Midelton...

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