Tatum is the prototype of a wing player in today’s NBA. On defense, he can easily guard 1-4, and even hold his own against many 5s. His offensive bag is overflowing, with incredible ability at all three levels.
Celtics fans have been gifted the perfect basketball player: a right sized basketball fanatic, trained from a young age like a pro, with an insane work ethic and desire to improve and add to his game; humble, team oriented, win oriented, clutch, and affable, with just the right amount of style and panache. Plus we got the added bonus of being able to watch him grow up as an NBA player, playing every early NBA minute in a crucible, a day one starter on a veteran laden team who has thrived in every role thrust upon him, from rookie complementary player, who accurately shot set up threes, to lead dog. And he was able to fill those very diverse roles in his rookie season, leading a team missing their two leading pieces to within a couple of makes to the NBA Finals at age 19.
I never thought I would see a Celtic who could credibly challenge Larry Bird for the title of best all around Celtic. Titles, plus longevity, gets Tatum in that conversation.