Former Duke star Jayson Tatum has been one of the most impressive performers of the NBA Playoffs and the Boston Celtics star recently set an NBA record that tells us a lot about the impressiveness of his postseason at such a young age.
In 15 playoff games, Tatum has led the Celtics in scoring 6 times already. That’s the most of any player under the age of 21 in NBA history according to a graphic tweeted out by SportsCenter on Monday.
Tatum just turned 20 in March and the No. 3 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft is making the future look extremely bright for the Celtics (and it’s plenty bright already as they hold a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals). The team’s two biggest stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both out with injury right now.
Still, the Celtics are two games away from beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a spot in the NBA Finals. And Tatum is a major part of the reason why, and he’s now one of the most effective selling points to prospective Duke recruits.
Mike Krzyzewski can point to Tatum and sell future one-and-done stars on the potential to have this sort of enormous impact on a massive stage after just one season at Duke.