With the NBA in shut-down mode for at least the next 30 days, we at BelieveInBostonSports will be keeping readers abreast of any progress towards a re-start of the season, in addition to putting out content on the current Guys in Green and those of the past. While not intended as a comparison of player ceilings, the statistics of 10-Time All-Star Paul Pierce and One-Time All-Star Jayson Tatum in each of their third seasons in the League are remarkably similar.
Jayson Tatum is carving out his own niche in the NBA, while Paul Pierce already made his mark. The numbers for both players in their third seasons can be found below.
Pierce: 38.0 MPG, 25.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 45% FG, 38% 3P, 74% FT
Tatum: 34.6 MPG, 23.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 45% FG, 40% 3P, 81% FT
The numbers are extremely close. Pierce was an NBA Champion (2008), Finals MVP (2008) and 10-time All-Star. While Jayson earned All-Star status in his third season, Paul took four years to make the grade. We have no idea what ceiling Jayson may achieve, but he is well on his way. The above numbers may give us a hint.
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