Over the course of the 2019-20 NBA season, Jayson Tatum has quickly become one of the NBA's brightest young stars.
For the first time, Tatum was voted into the NBA All-Star Game. And in the month of February, he averaged 30.7 points per game and helped keep the Celtics competitive for a long stretch without the services of Kemba Walker (knee).
Needless to say, Tatum is a player who is on the rise. His peers across the NBA are noticing his talent and recently, one of them compared him to another NBA star.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum recently spoke of Tatum's ability on The Pull Up Pod, a show that he co-hosts with ESPN's Jordan Schultz. And the player that McCollum sees in Tatum? It's Los Angeles Clippers star, Paul George.
"I think [Tatum] can be more aggressive, at times, and more of an alpha, which he’ll continue to develop into," McCollum said. "But I think from a skill set standpoint, he has, like, just about everything.
“He’s similar to Paul George, offensively, where he can do a little bit of everything."
That's certainly high praise for Tatum, especially considering that George was an MVP candidate just a year ago when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This season, George is averaging 21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game while playing alongside Kawhi Leonard on a stacked Clippers team that is among the favorites to win the NBA's Western Conference.
And the fact that this praise is coming from McCollum, a player who has averaged 31.8 points, 9.0 assists, and 5.4 rebounds over the course of the past five games with Damian Lillard sidelined, is certainly good as well. It just shows that the league's better players really see Tatum's star potential and hold him in a high regard.
If Tatum can continue to develop and becomes a George-like force, the Celtics organization will be ecstatic. And they sure are happy with how the soon-to-be 22-year-old has progressed so far.
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