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Report: Eastern Conference scout believes Jayson Tatum's stock 'took a hit' in 2018-19

Report: Eastern Conference scout believes Jayson Tatum's stock 'took a hit' in 2018-19

The 2018-19 Celtics could be defined by a lot of different words or phrases, but one that seems to cover everything would be them not living up to the lofty expectations set before the season started. 

Perhaps no other player on the team had more to live up to than Jayson Tatum. After averaging 18.5 points per game in last year's postseason as a rookie and leading the Celtics to the brink of the NBA Finals, Tatum was expected to make a big leap in his sophomore campaign.

When the season ended, some were left unsatisfied with Tatum's progress, and according to a report from Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington, one Eastern Conference scout believes 2018-19 negatively affected his stock in reference to a potential trade between the Celtics and Wizards for Bradley Beal. 

'Tatum's stock took a hit this season,' an Eastern Conference scout said. Others made similar claims during the season as the playmaking forward appeared lost at times playing with Irving. Regardless, Tatum is a talented 21-year-old who went head-to-head against LeBron James in the 2018 Eastern Conference Final.

'Tatum and 22 for Beal? Brown and 20? That's something to consider,' the scout said.

Tatum's minutes were slightly higher than his rookie year while his shot attempts increased from 10.4 to 13.1 per game, but his production increased across the board without a dropoff in efficiency. 

Tatum's scoring went up from 13.9 to 15.7 points per game, his rebounding numbers increased and he showed development as a playmaker in pick and roll situations. The only noteworthy regression was from three-point land, where Tatum shot 37.3 percent compared to 43.4 percent mark he put up as a rookie. 

Tatum did not become a bonafide superstar in his second season as a professional, but that doesn't necessarily mean he regressed as a basketball player. However, it is the belief of at least one scout that his trade stock has taken a hit. If that's the case with more scouts and executives across the league, then it might prove to have an impact on potential trade discussions centered around Beal, Anthony Davis or another star players the Celtics might target. 

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NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

On Thursday, the NBA took another step toward figuring out the best way to return to action.

Commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the league's general managers to review a survey that was delivered to teams last week. In the survey, GMs voted on potential formats to resume play.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports about 75 percent of GMs were in favor of a play-in tournament between bubble teams rather than a World Cup-style group stage. Front-running teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks favored the play-in tourney as it would give them a far easier path to the NBA Finals.

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General managers were surveyed about a 'playoffs-plus' format—either a play-in tournament between the bubble teams to determine the final seeds in the playoffs, or a World Cup–style group stage, which would replace the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs with a round-robin format. About 75 percent of teams voted in favor of a play-in tournament, sources said, while 25 percent of teams voted in favor of the group stage.

Although many GMs are in favor of the play-in tournament, that doesn't mean the league will go in that direction.

“Adam [Silver] isn’t taking the results seriously,” a team executive told O'Connor. “Every team is obviously gonna vote for what’s best for them.”

Still, it's a noteworthy development and one that could not only impact how the NBA proceeds with its 2019-20 campaign, but also how it approaches future playoff formats.

For more details from O'Connor, check out his full article here.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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