Jayson Christopher Tatum Sr. was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft, emerging as a two-time All-Star who played in the Eastern Conference Finals twice in the first four seasons of his career.
Get to know more about one of the Celtics' franchise pillars, who like Jaylen Brown entered the league at just 19 years old.
Jayson Tatum's bio
- Height: 6-foot-8
- Weight: 210 pounds
- Birthdate: March 3, 1998
- Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
- College: Duke
- NBA experience: 4 years
- Jersey number: 0
Jayson Tatum's career NBA stats
Here are some of Jayson Tatum's notable career achievements and statistics:
- Two-time NBA All-Star (2019-20, 2020-21)
- One-time All-NBA Third Team selection (2019-20)
- 2017-18 All-Rookie First Team
- Led Celtics in scoring twice (2019-20, 2020-21)
- Career-high in points: 60 (April 30, 2021) -- tied for most in Celtics history with Larry Bird
- Career averages
- 19.5 points per game
- 6.4 rebounds per game
- 2.7 assists per game
- 83.6% free throw percentage
- 45.4% field goal percentage
- 39.3% three-point percentage
Here are Jayson Tatum's contract details with the Celtics
Tatum signed a five-year, $195 million contract extension with the Celtics in November 2020.
The maximum extension, which kicked during the 2021-22 season, bounds Tatum to Boston through the 2024-25 season; the fifth year comes with a player option worth more than $37 million, per Spotrac.
Tatum can become an unrestricted free agent at age 27, after his eighth NBA season.
Through four NBA seasons, Tatum has earned more than $30 million.
Jayson Tatum's college career
The third-ranked prospect in ESPN's Top 100 for the high school class of 2016, Tatum landed at Duke -- alongside No. 1 prospect Harry Giles -- out of Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis.
On a team featuring seven future NBA players, the Blue Devils were the preseason No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Tatum was brilliant in his lone season on campus, averaging 16.8 points per game -- second on the team behind future NBAer Luke Kennard -- on 45.2% shooting, including 34.2% from 3-point range.
Duke underachieved to a degree in the regular season, finishing 11-7 in ACC play before winning the conference tournament. Tatum was outstanding, averaging 22 points per game on 55.4% shooting, earning himself a spot on the all-tournament team.
Thanks to the strong finish, the Blue Devils earned the No. 2 seed in the East Regional and cruised past No. 15 Troy in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, Duke was upset by No. 7 South Carolina -- which eventually made the Final Four -- in the second round, 88-81. Tatum finished with 15 points in the loss.
Following the game, Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was named to both the All-ACC team and the league's all-freshman team during his lone season in Durham.
A look at Jayson Tatum's shoe deal
Tatum signed with Jordan Brand in 2019.
In the summer of 2021, the Air Jordan 36 "Jayson Tatum" was released just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The shoes cost $185.
Meet Jayson Tatum's family
Tatum's father, Justin, played college basketball at Saint Louis University from 1998-2001, appearing in one NCAA Tournament after his junior season. A 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward, Justin Tatum was second on the team in scoring when the Billikens appeared in the postseason, averaging 8.2 points per game.
Tatum is the godson of 13-year NBA veteran Larry Hughes, a career 14.1 points per game scorer and member of the 2004-05 All-Defensive Team. He is also a distant cousin of Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue, himself a veteran of 13 NBA seasons and winner of three championships -- two as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and one as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tatum has a son, Jayson Jr. -- better known as Deuce -- who was born on Dec. 6, 2017, during his rookie year in the NBA.