By: Evan Singleton
Now that the Celtics have moved from 1 to 3 in the NBA Draft, I have been forced to look into the possible draftees. Well, I am glad I did because I've fallen in love with a pick. I wasn't always a fan of this guy, but now I want the Boston Celtics to select him with the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft.
In my mind, Jayson Tatum is NBA ready. He is big, long, smooth, powerful, you name it...he has got it. That is what I love about him. Other than Fultz, his offensive arsenal is far superior to any other draft prospect. The kid can shoot, dribble, create his own shot, and much more. He is dominant in the high post, or the mid-range post.
Standing at 6'8" and with a wingspan of 7'0" Tatum can shoot over anyone at his position. That is why he can shoot so well out of the post. He is simply longer than the guy covering him. He can rise and reach over them to get his shot off.
Per 40 minutes, Tatum averaged over 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks a game. Yeah... those are the real per 40 min stats. Crazy I know...
He can also play defense. He is long, can block shots and contest the ones he doesn't. He is phenomenal when it comes to closing out as well.
Tatum is a true all-around half-court player. But that is what the Celtics need. He can create his own shot, slow things down, and control a game on the offensive end. I like that.
Here is a video just showing the versatility and overall strengths of Tatum's game.
God almighty, I could get used to watching that in green...
So yes, Tatum is the guy I'd like to see Danny Ainge select at number 3 overall. That is IF the Celtics select someone at 3...