Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum keeps drawing high praise from coaches and players around the league. On Thursday, perhaps for the first time, a coach was careful praising him for fear of tampering. Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters prior to his team's game against the Celtics that Boston's rookie plays like a 10-year veteran. "I think he's really good, first of all," D'Antoni said after a very long pause. "I'm trying to think what I can say without it being tampering. He's really good and for a rookie, he plays like he's been in the league for 10 years. He's going to be a solid if not All-Star level type player for a long, long time. There's actually nothing he can't do." D'Antoni is correct, of course. Tatum has been absurdly efficient, averaging 129.2 points per 100 shot attempts which is good for the 93rd percentile among all forwards. He has been hovering around 50 percent from 3-point range all season, and he has recently started busting out moves like this one last night against the Charlotte Hornets.
Mike D’Antoni on Jayson Tatum: “I’m trying to think what I can say without it being tampering”
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