Jayson Tatum voted as NBA rookie who’s most likely to succeed
The hype around Celtics No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum continues to build. In the latest edition of the NBA’s annual rookie survey, 39 players said Tatum and Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball are the two first-year players most likely to succeed. They both garnered 18.4 percent of the vote, roughly eight points higher than Suns forward Josh Jackson, who cancelled his pre-draft workout with the Celtics.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum and LA’s Lonzo Ball tied atop vote for “best career” in NBA’s annual rookie survey. pic.twitter.com/xrYmDZz5rI
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) August 22, 2017
Tatum, 19, was a Summer League standout. The former Duke star averaged 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest during his time between Utah and Vegas, shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Those numbers landed Tatum a spot on the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
With Celtics head coach Brad Stevens abandoning traditional lineups this season, there should be plenty of opportunities for Tatum, a 6-foot-8 wingman, to find himself playing time. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, players were almost universal in their praise of him over the summer.
“I’ve asked tons of players here at summer league who has impressed them the most … almost all with same answer: Jayson Tatum,” Goodman tweeted last month.
Though the Celtics traded away the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, they may have walked away with the best player, anyway –– and get to acquire an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019. This is looking like another coup for Danny Ainge.
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