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Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum
Position: F
Born: 03/03/98
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Salary: $5,645,400
Brandy had played volleyball at University City High in St. Louis, where she was coached by Besta Beal, whose son, Bradley, would become an NBA All-Star. Brandy sometimes babysat Bradley, and the two families became close. When Jayson was in seventh grade at Chaminade Prep and Beal was a senior, they trained together after school, and Beal would drive Tatum home when they finished. Beal’s trainer, Drew Hanlen, refused for two years to start working with Tatum, because he was simply too young. Finally, when Tatum was a high school freshman and Beal was preparing for his rookie year with the Washington Wizards, Beal made one more pitch. “You could just see Jayson could be a Magic Johnson-type player, or a scorer like Kevin Durant,” Beal said. “So I told Drew, ‘You’ve got to trust me on this one. Jayson is special.’
Last June, Tatum held individual draft workouts in Los Angeles for the Celtics, 76ers, and Suns, who had the first, third, and fourth picks, respectively. He went into the Boston session thinking it was pointless. “It seemed like a waste of time, because everybody kept saying they were going to pick Markelle [Fultz] first,” he said. “I did good in the workout, but I don’t think I was engaged.” Despite his lack of interest, Tatum put on a show for Boston’s brass, splashing one 3-pointer after another. The Celtics generally do not care much about shooting displays that don’t involve defenders, but they had been watching Tatum for years, and they were smitten.
Tatum said that after his workout for Philadelphia, the 76ers told him they intended to select him with the third pick. He flew to Phoenix anyway to meet with the Suns, and he was enchanted by the warm weather and easygoing lifestyle. Maybe Phoenix was where he belonged, he thought. But while he was there, Krzyzewski called. “I just talked to Brad Stevens,” Krzyzewski told him. “I think they might trade their pick. I think you should go to Boston for a workout.”
Tatum was exhausted from the process. He didn’t want to fly to Boston for a second workout for a trade that might not even happen. But the Celtics were moving quickly. “Danny [Ainge] and I were talking many times a day about how to approach the Philly trade negotiations,” said Zarren, the assistant general manager. “And when it became clear during that time that we were taking Jayson No. 1 anyway, it made the trade discussions much easier.”
Every player on Boston’s roster is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of him tonight, including 20-year-old rookie Jayson Tatum. Tatum has never played in a road playoff game, and he didn’t even know of the term “swing game” before Celtics.com explained it to him. After internalizing the meaning, Tatum seemed to further recognize how Milwaukee will be playing tonight with its collective back against the wall. “I think tonight is going to be a mental challenge for us,” he said, “because we’re on the road, we know that they’re going to be juiced up and their crowd is behind them.”