- Full Name: Caleb Martin
- Twitter: Calebmartin14
- Instagram: caleb_martin10
- Position: Small Forward
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 6 feet 5 inches (196 cm)
- Weight: 205 pounds (92 kg)
- Date of Birth: September 28, 1995 (Currently 28 years old)
- Place of Birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
- Relatives: Brother Cody Martin
- Colleges: NC State, Nevada
- High Schools: Davie County in Mocksville, North Carolina, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia
- Recruiting Rank: 2014 (Ranked 62)
- NBA Debut: October 25, 2019
- Experience: 4 years
Jayson Tatum Stats
- Team: Boston Celtics (BOS)
- Games Played (GP): 439
- Games Started (GS): 439
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 34.0
- Points (PTS): 22.5 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 45.8% (7.9-17.2)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 37.5% (2.4-6.5)
- Free Throws (FT): 84.7% (4.3-5.1)
- Rebounds (REB): 7.0 RPG
- Assists (AST): 3.3 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.7 BPG
- Steals (STL): 1.1 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 2.1 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 2.3 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 9,865
- Field Goals (FG): 3,455-7,538
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 1,067-2,844
- Free Throws (FT): 1,888-2,230
- Rebounds (REB): 3,069
- Assists (AST): 1,448
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.5
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.5
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.309
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.53
- Double Doubles (DD2): 90
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 2
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 42
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 3
- Disqualifications (DQ): 1
- Ejections (EJECT): 1
Jayson Tatum has demonstrated consistent excellence across different seasons, contributing substantially in scoring, rebounding, and several other facets, signifying his pivotal role in the Boston Celtics’ lineup.
Jayson Tatum 2023-24 Profile
Boston Celtics’ Forward Jayson Tatum has already solidified himself as one of the NBA’s best players. The 6 foot 8, 210 pound Tatum finished 4th in NBA MVP voting during the 2022-23 season, and led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in a evenly matched 7-game series against the Miami Heat. While this might sound like a successful season to us, Jayson Tatum surely considers it a failure. Not because didn’t win the MVP; rather, because the Boston Celtics — who have won 17 NBA Championships — expectations are Championship or Bust every single season. And the team has never won a title with Tatum on its roster. Surely Tatum’s sights are set on claiming that elusive NBA title in 2023-24. And while that may or may not come to fruition, Tatum’s competitive desire might fuel him to progress enough that an MVP Award could come his way.
But before Tatum starts his revenge campaign, let’s take a look at his upbringing, his NBA career thus far, and what we can expect from him in 2023-24.
Jayson Tatum Background
Jayson Tatum was born on March 3, 1998, in St. Louis, Missouri. Tatum played his high school basketball at Chaminade College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur, Missouri; and as one can imagine, absolutely dominated his high school opposition. After averaging 25.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game as a junior at Chaminade, Tatum committed to Duke University.
Senior year of high school, Tatum was a McDonald’s All-American and was the 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year. Considering his high school success, it’s crazy to believe that Tatum was only the #3 ranked player in his class, behind Harry Giles and Josh Jackson — not that being the 3rd best recruit in the country is anything to scoff at.
Tatum went to Duke and produced right away. As a freshman, Tatum averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game while being named to the ACC All-Tournament team. However, once March Madness rolled around, Tatum’s #2 seeded Duke team lost a shocking upset to South Carolina.
Once his freshman season ended, Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick.
Tatum’s NBA Career So Far
The Celtics’ 2017 Draft selection proved to be a wise one right away. In his NBA debut, Jayson Tatum recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the team’s starting power forward. Although Bosting lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals that year, Tatum displayed his star potential all playoffs long. In fact, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only rookies in playoff history to record 10 games of 20 or more points scored during their first playoffs. Tatum ended the season averaging 13.9 points per game, and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
It wasn’t until Tatum’s 3rd season where he became an All-Star. In this COVID shortened 2019-20 season, the Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals — but Tatum’s scoring average increased to 23.4 points per game (up from 15.7 in his second season), and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
The next season was a down year for Boston. While they lost to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs, Tatum set a Celtics franchise record for most points scored in a three-game span in the playoffs, with 122. He averaged 26.4 points per game.
Then, in the 2021-22 season, Tatum earned his first ever All-NBA First Team selection, and led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals. While they ultimately lost to the Golden State Warriors, Tatum was named the Eastern Conference Finals MVP after averaging 25.0 points, 8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in the series. He did, however, also set the all-time NBA record for most turnovers in a single postseason, with 100.
Last season proved to be Tatum’s best yet. In addition to winning the All-Star Game MVP (he scored 55 points in the game), Tatum set various franchise records last season; namely, becoming the only player in Celtics history to average at least 30 points per game in a season (he averaged 30.1 in the regular season), and scoring the most 30-point games in a season, with 40. As previously mentioned, the Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last year — although the outcome might have been different if Tatum didn’t inure his ankle at the start of game 7.
It’s also worth noting that Jayson Tatum has an Olympic Gold Medal, which he earned while playing for Team USA in the 2021 Olympics.
Jayson Tatum 2023-24 Season Forecast
The only thing that 25-year-old Jayson Tatum has left to prove is that he can win an NBA Championship. Only time will tell whether 2023-24 will be the year he does so; but Tatum seems poised to make another leap, in terms of NBA superstardom — so much so that I predict he’ll win the 2023-24 NBA MVP award.
The reason being that Tatum’s points per game has improved every season he has been in the NBA, and anything more than the 30.1 he averaged last year is sure to earn some votes. As I said earlier, he was 4th in MVP voting last year, and he could still improve his shooting efficiency, become a better passer, and be more consistent as a defender. If he manages to make all of those improvements, an MVP seems likely.
For Tatum, however, all likely he’s worried about is bringing the Celtics’ 18th Championship back to Boston.
Jayson Tatum is a professional basketball player, currently a forward for the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He is considered one of the best players in the league and has been nominated for the NBA MVP award.
Jayson Tatum was born on March 3, 1998, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Tatum was a McDonald’s All-American and the 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school. He played college basketball at Duke University, where he averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game as a freshman.
Jayson Tatum was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in 2017. He quickly established himself, earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He became an All-Star in his 3rd season and has since earned several accolades, including an All-NBA First Team selection and the Eastern Conference Finals MVP.
Jayson Tatum holds various records, including being the only player in Celtics history to average at least 30 points per game in a season and scoring the most 30-point games in a season with 40.
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