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Here's how Celtics' Jayson Tatum joined elite company before 22nd birthday

Here's how Celtics' Jayson Tatum joined elite company before 22nd birthday

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is one of the best young all-around players in the NBA, and if that's not already obvious to most fans, we have the stats to prove it.

He dominated the league in February by scoring 30.7 points per game and hitting a ridiculous 48.1 percent of his shots from 3-point range. Tatum's incredible play last month showed the massive potential in his game. There's a chance he becomes a top 10 player in the league really soon.

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Another indicator of his elite potential is what he's accomplished statistically before his 22nd birthday. Tatum will turn 22 years old Tuesday, closing one of the most impressive under-21 careers that pro basketball has ever seen. Just how impressive? Check out the elite company Tatum joined, courtesy of our friends at Boston Sports Info on Twitter.

It's always nice to be mentioned among four of the greatest players of this era, all of whom are in the all of Fame or will be soon after they retire.

Tatum has received praise from all around the league in recent weeks, including multiple shoutouts from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. He gave Tatum a shoutout on Instagram after the Lakers beat the Celtics at Staples Center and again mentioned the C's forward in his postgame interview Sunday night on ESPN after beating the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tatum's rapid improvement has turned the Celtics into legit title contenders, and it'll be fascinating to see how far he can take them in the playoffs.

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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 induction ceremony moved to 2021 due to COVID-19

Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 induction ceremony moved to 2021 due to COVID-19

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame typically inducts its new class every August, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's ceremony will be pushed back to next year.

The Hall of Fame's board of governors chairman, Jerry Colangelo, confirmed the news to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan.

Here's more from MacMullan: 

Colangelo said the original dates of enshrinement weekend, Aug. 28-30, and the proposed alternate dates of Oct. 10-12, are "just not feasible" in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the U.S. and has rendered large gatherings taboo. The board of governors will convene on June 10, he said, to explore spring dates.

Colangelo also noted the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes will have their own induction ceremonies.

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"We won't be combining them," Colangelo told MacMullan. "The Class of 2020 is a very special class and deserves its own celebration."

He's definitely right about the 2020 class. It's a particularly special one, mostly because of the NBA legends who were voted to be inducted.

The class is headlined by Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant. It's arguably the greatest Hall of Fame class in history, one that includes three of the top 15 to 20 players of all-time who combined to win 11 NBA championships and four league MVP awards.

While it's disappointing that fans will have to wait until next year to see the 2020 class enter the Hall of Fame, delaying the ceremony absolutely is the right decision to ensure the safety of everyone involved.