The Jayson Tatum hype train left the station almost immediately after the Boston Celtics selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
And Tatum showcased why he was so highly touted on Friday night during the C’s preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The rookie forward started the game, alongside Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, and the Duke product did not disappoint.
He scored his first bucket with a sweet mid-range jump shot off a pump fake.
Tatum then splashed his first 3-point attempt of the night.
And it wouldn’t be a Tatum showcase without his patented fade-away jump shot.
Tatum certainly can fill it up.
The rookie forward also gave Celtics fans a scare in the second quarter when he landed on the foot of 76ers forward Robert Covington but he appeared to be OK.
Tatum appears to be worthy of the hype.
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