By all accounts, Jason Tatum's rookie season in Boston was an impressive success. The Duke product was named December Rookie of the Month, voted to the All-Rookie 1st team, and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. For much of the early season, Tatum lead the NBA in three-point shooting. He'd eventually cool off, but still finish 8th league-wide by shooting 43.4 percent from behind the arc. And despite being only 19 years of age, Tatum started 80 games for the Celtics. The rookie forward was second on the team, behind Kyrie Irving, in total points scored (1,112). When injuries forced Irving to miss the playoffs, Tatum really shined. Through 19 playoff games, Tatum led the team with 18.5 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. Tatum and fellow youngsters Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown helped Boston defeat the Bucks in round one of the playoffs, and then the 76ers in round two. Boston pushed Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but ultimately were unable to get past LeBron James and company.2018
Tatum's second season in the Association, his age-20 season, showed gradual improvement. It wasn't quite the breakout season some expected, but the Duke product increased his points, rebounds, assists, steals and made three-pointers per game. Tatum also shot 85.5 percent from the charity strip, a nice bump up from the 82.6 percent of his rookie season. And, as occurred during his rookie season, Tatum started every game (79) he appeared in. On Oct. 20, the third game of the season, Tatum exploded for 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds during a win over the Knicks. During a road win at Portland on Nov. 11, the second-year forward drained a career-high five three-pointers, leading to 27 points and eight rebounds. On Jan. 14, a loss to the Nets, Tatum scored a career-high 34 points to go with five boards and three blocks. Tatum finished the season leading the Celtics in rebounds and second in points scored and blocks. Boston finished the year at 49-33, swept the Pacers in the first round, but lost to the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. Over nine playoff games, Tatum averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 boards per contest.
June 22, 2017Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2017Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Agreement includes club options for a third and fourth season.