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Jayson Tatum joined impressive company with excellent 2020 NBA Playoffs

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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum played at a very high level during the 2020 NBA playoffs, and he joined some impressive company along the way.

The 22-year-old star averaged 25.7 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and 1.1 steals per game in the postseason, in addition to shooting 44.8 percent from the floor.

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Tatum became just the sixth player age 23 or younger in league history to average at least 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game in a single playoff run.

Here's the full list, which includes a few Hall of Famers:

Even though the 2020 playoffs ultimately ended in disappointment for Boston after losing to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, it still was a successful season for the C's, and Tatum's improvement is among the main reasons why.

Tatum had a somewhat lackluster second year in which he made only modest improvements in his scoring and rebounding averages, while shooting worse from field, including a sizeable decrease in 3-point percentage.

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He bounced back by taking a giant leap in Year 3, becoming an All-Star for the first time and being selected to the All-NBA third team.

Tatum is well on his way to being a top 10 player in the league and a perennial MVP candidate. He's always been a quality scorer, but the improvements he's made as a passer, rebounder and perimeter defender are perhaps the most impressive part of his development so far.