Jayson Tatum is heading for his first All-Star game

The stardom predicted for 3rd-year player, Jayson Tatum, is happening right before our eyes. In last night's 113-104 win over the hapless Knicks, Jayson poured in 30 points, hauled down six rebounds, and handed out a career-high seven assists. He also managed two steals and two blocks in the contest.


For the season, Tatum has averages of 34.6 MPG, 21.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.7 APG and 1.5 SPG. The numbers get better for his last four games (36.0 MPG, 23.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 SPG). For that 4-game span, he ranks 18th in points in the League and 13th (multi tie) in steals.


If he continues this level of play, it will be tough to keep Tatum out of the All-Star competition. We can expect to see the perennial All-Stars like Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden - and probably Kemba Walker. But I envision Jayson being a top-24 player and competing with the likes of Devin Booker, Pascal Siakam, Brandon Ingram and Donovan Mitchell for a spot.

This season, Tatum has become a legit rebounder and play maker. His defense has improved, as partially evidenced by his steals. The boards, assists and steals make the difference for him. If he continues his level of play seen over the past four games, he will be an All-Star this season.

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