Jayson Tatum shines again in summer league matchup vs the Spurs
Boston Celtics 3rd-overall pick Jayson Tatum followed up a stellar summer league debut with yet another superb performance against the San Antonio Spurs. Although the Celtics weren't able to defeat the Spurs, they lost 81-70, who got hot from three (13 of 28, 46.4%) Tatum showcased yet again an offensive skillset worth getting excited about. He shot an efficient 10 of 18 (1 of 3 from three) and he brought out all the weapons last night:
.@jaytatum0 recorded a double-double tonight with 23 points & 10 rebounds #CelticsSummer ☘️ pic.twitter.com/20PPnhgAoI— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 6, 2017
Tatum showed off a little bit of everything including some great cuts and finishes with that 7' reach, a little range, that smooth turnaround in the paint, and how bout that put back jam where he crashed from the parking lot:
.@jaytatum0 is not messing around out there #CelticsSummer pic.twitter.com/tTDalD1u1x— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2017
Not only was his offensive arsenal on display but Tatum led the C's on the glass with a team-high 10 rebounds in his 31 minutes of play, another good step forward notching a double-double in just his second summer league game. After two contests Tatum leads the Utah Summer League in scoring with 22 ppg, he's 3rd in rebounding with 8.5 per (Jaylen Brown is first at 10.5), he's 2nd in steals with 3 per game, and he's shooting an ultra-efficient 51.4%.
Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen, who was leading the team last night from the bench, said after the game he's been very impressed with a number of things from Tatum, but namely his maturity at 19 and how he lets the game come to him. Via Jay King of MassLive:
"I've been impressed by a number of different things," Allen said Wednesday night after the Celtics fell to San Antonio, 81-70. "At 19, his soul seems mature and older. His approach -- he doesn't get sped up. He's physical, he competes, he rebounds, he puts it on the floor, he passes, he scores from the post, midrange and long-ball. You'd be hard-pressed to find another 19-year-old in this country that just has the demeanor that he has."
Tatum spoke with reporters last night after the game and talked about adjusting to the speed of the NBA game:
The C's wrap up the Utah summer league tonight, against the Jazz, before heading to Las Vegas for another series of contests that begin with a Saturday night matchup against Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN.
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